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  Session: Teacher Training and Enhancement
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Physics and Everyday Thinking at Western Washington University
  Meeting: 2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  Location: N/A
  Time: 8:50AM
  Author: Andrew Boudreaux, Western Washington Universtity
360 650-3818, andrew.boudreaux@wwu.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: At Western Washington University, historically a teacher training college, preservice elementary teachers take science content and methods courses in a multi-disciplinary Science, Math, and Technology Education program housed in the College of Science and Technology. Each year, ~200 prospective elementary teachers complete a 10-week physics course using Physics and Everyday Thinking (PET) [1]. The course is taught in multiple sections by faculty in physics, geology, and chemistry. Many students go on to take additional content courses in geology and biology that use curricula developed at WWU and modeled after PET. During these courses, written student data from quizzes, reflective writing assignments, and standardized assessments are routinely collected, providing a rich laboratory for investigations of student learning. This talk presents an overview of this thriving instructional program as well as brief examples of ongoing research.
  Footnotes: [1] F. Goldberg, S. Robinson, and V. Otero, Physics and Everyday Thinking (It's About Time, Armonk, NY, 2008).
  Presentation: AF03 (Boudreaux) AAPT Minneapolis.pdf

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