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Abstract Title: Professional development and struggles of beginning instructors teaching design labs
Abstract: Being a teacher in an instructional laboratory where students design their own experiments is not an easy task. Being a first year graduate TA who never taught before makes this challenge even harder. How do you guide the students to design a productive experiment? How do you teach them to communicate their findings? How do you create a learning community in your classroom? We will report on our work in an urban university where we implemented the Investigative Learning Environment (ISLE) approach in a large-enrollment introductory physics sequence (algebra and calculus based). A part of the approach involves students designing their own experiments in labs guided by specific questions and self-assessment rubrics. We describe professional development efforts, data collection (observation protocols) and their effects on the instruction and student learning and attitudes.
Abstract Type: Symposium Talk
Parallel Session: Establishing scientific norms in the lab: a spotlight on the instructor

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Joshua Rutberg
Rutgers University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Eugenia Etkina