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Abstract Title: Supporting first- and second-order departmental change with the Effective Practices for Physics Programs (EP3) Guide
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Abstract: The Effective Practices for Physics Programs (EP3) Initiative is a collaborative effort between the American Physical Society (APS) and the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) to compile evidence-based strategies into an online "Guide" that empowers departmental change supporting high-quality physics education. This work explores whether the Guide (a written document) can effectively support departmental change efforts (which can be complex). We draw from findings from a 2020 survey (N=310), 2022 survey (N=239), and interviews (N=8) of physics department chairs. We find that the EP3 Guide is a potentially effective tool to support first-order change, i.e., change that works within existing systems, since interviewees used Guide content to understand, frame, and promote departmental change. These successes can be leveraged to engage users in second-order change, i.e., change that requires reframing worldviews or other transformational process, through active supports such as leadership institutes or workshops.
Session Time: Poster Session 2
Poster Number: B60
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Christine O'Donnell
American Physical Society
College Park, MD 20740
and Co-Presenter(s)
Stephanie Viola Chasteen (she/her), Chasteen Educational Consulting

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