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Expectancy Violation in a Physics Course for Education Majors
  Location: SS 105
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.3
  Time: 8:00 AM -8:10 AM
  Author: Jon Gaffney, University of Kentucky
(724)601-5936, jon.gaffney@uky.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: At the University of Kentucky, an interactive, hands-on physics course is required of pre-service elementary and middle school teachers. This pedagogically reformed course is substantially different from their other science courses and could be a touchstone for science education methods classes. In a previous presentation (AAPT Jacksonville 2011), I relayed the differences in goals for students and instructors, claiming that students reported the most success meeting the goals they valued highest. Deeper investigation revealed satisfaction with many aspects of the course but confusion about its role in the teacher preparation process. In this presentation, I will discuss the role that student expectations and expectancy violations play in their perceptions of the course, which may in turn affect whether they deem it relevant to their future careers. I will present additions to the course that I have introduced to facilitate necessary shifts in student expectations.
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