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2011 AAPT Summer Meeting
July 30-August 3, 2011
Omaha, Nebraska

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Physics Teacher Certification in Brazil: Who Said Reforming Is Easy?
  Location: HC 3027
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.3
  Time: 8:00 AM -8:30 AM
  Author: Katemari Rosa, Columbia University, Teachers College
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: One of the fundamental questions to improve physics education is related to teacher education, particularly physics teacher's certification programs. In the United States, these programs vary not only in their curriculum but in their format and requirements. This presentation brings the contribution of a distinct tradition for preparing physics teachers, providing ideas for new experiences. Specifically, we examine the curriculum reform of a physics teacher certification program in Brazil, focusing on the process of the reform, and how physics education research informed the creating of new disciplines, the departmental debate, and the development of a new view for the role of a physics educator. Our goal is to take the physics teacher education discussion to all the professionals involved in this process, not only curriculum experts, share our failures and success, and establish a venue for expertise exchange between Brazil and United States.
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