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Abstract Title: A National Survey of Physics Graduate TA Preparation
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Abstract: The preparation of graduate teaching assistants (GTAs) to learn classroom dynamics and physics pedagogy is a vital step in the development of the next generation of academic leaders and communicative scientists. However, there is no current research published on the overall landscape of GTA preparation around the country nor the various manners of evaluating the effectiveness of said preparation. We conducted a pilot survey of 15 randomly selected physics PhD-granting institutions in the United States to identify some of the methods used for GTA preparation and their assessments. In this poster we present the development of the pilot survey and preliminary results. This pilot investigation sets up the framework for a future expanded survey of all physics PhD granting institutions, which will allow us to fill the gap in the literature and explore how GTAs are prepared across the country.
Session Time: Poster Session 1
Poster Number: I-12

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Gregory T Carroll
Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, GA 30332
and Co-Presenter(s)
Emily Alicea-Munoz (she/her), Georgia Institute of Technology