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Abstract Title: An investigation of how instructors choose to implement the Learning Assistant (LA) pedagogy course and their motivations
Abstract: The Learning Assistant (LA) program is designed to encourage the transformation of courses to incorporate more evidence-based pedagogical practices. The LA pedagogy course is one of the three central components of the program and diversely implemented across institutions with LA programs. The purpose of this study is to identify and compare the choices made by instructors regarding the composition of the LA pedagogy course at two different institutions -- one being a small, historically-women's, liberal-arts college and the other a large research university. To gather data, interviews were conducted with the LA pedagogy course instructor at each institution. These interviews show that instructors adapt the LA pedagogy course to their institutions in different ways, and that fostering relationship-building is an important factor for instructors as they decide how to design and teach their local pedagogy course. In describing the varied ways in which instructors implement the LA pedagogy course and the motivations behind those choices, this study could help guide different institutions when implementing their own pedagogy course.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session 1 Room B
Poster Number: 1B-16

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Lizette Ortega
Department of Physics, Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA 02481
Phone: 7135913594
and Co-Presenter(s)
Emily Allen, Science Department, The Governor's Academy
Manher Jariwala, Department of Physics, Boston University