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Abstract Title: How do you eat an elephant? How problem solving informs computational instruction in high school physics
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Abstract: Science educators agree that computation is a growing necessity for curricula at many levels. One program looking to bring computation into high school classes is ICSAM (Integrating Computation in Science Across Michigan), an NSF-funded program at Michigan State University. ICSAM is a year-round program that brings a community of teachers together to help them equitably add computation into their physics curricula. While in the ICSAM program, data is collected from participating teachers through interviews, surveys, classroom videos, and more. In this poster, we examine a case study of a very active participant who fits the mold of a typical high school physics teacher. We utilize the lenses of critical pedagogical discourses and contextual discourses to explore the decision-making behind the adoption of various resources by this teacher during their time with ICSAM. The ways in which this teacher integrated computation in their classroom, along with the nuanced challenges that they faced, may be able to help inform other teachers, professional development providers, and curriculum development of the nature of implementing computation into high school curricula. This work was supported by the National Science Foundation (DRL-1741575) and Michigan State University's Lappan-Philips Foundation.
Session Time: Poster Session 3
Poster Number: III-49
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Julia Willison
University of Central Florida
Orlando, FL 32817
Phone: 9899417303
and Co-Presenter(s)
Julie Christensen (she/her), Department of Teacher Education, Michigan State University

Sunghwan Byun (he/him), Department of STEM Education, North Carolina State University

David Stroupe (he/him), Department of Teacher Education, CREATE for STEM Institute, Michigan State University

Marcos D. Caballero (he/him), Department of Physics and Astronomy, Department of Computational Mathematics, Science, and Engineering, CREATE for STEM Institute, Michigan State University, Department of Physics and Centre for Computing in Science Education, University of Oslo