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Effects of the Learning Assistant 'Treatment' on In-Service Teachers' Practices
  Location: SS 104
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 9:10 AM -9:20 AM
  Author: Kara Gray
School of Education, University of Colorado, Boulder
  Co-Author(s): David C. Webb , Valerie K Otero
  Abstract: The Colorado Learning Assistant (LA) Program serves as a content-specific supplement to standard teacher preparation programs. In addition to transforming undergraduate STEM courses, it recruits and prepares math and science majors for teaching careers by involving university STEM faculty. The research reported here compares the teaching practices of in-service teachers who had the LA "treatment" as undergraduates to colleagues who did not participate in the LA program as undergraduates but were certified through the same program. We report on teachers' views of assessments, their views of learning, and differences in their teaching practices. This analysis is based on interviews with approximately 30 teachers and observations of their classrooms throughout their induction years of teaching. This work considers how the LA program may help improve current teacher preparation models.
  Footnotes: This work is partially funded by NSF grant #ESI-0554616.
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