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Training of In-service Science Teachers Using Peer Instruction (PI)
  Location: SS 105
  Date: Wednesday, Aug.3
  Time: 8:30 AM -8:40 AM
  Author: Jongwon Kim, Korea National University Of Education
  Co-Author(s): Jungbok Kim
  Abstract: Using peer instruction in introductory physics courses is growing at institutions across the U.S., however, this approach is rarely used for training in-service science teachers. We have been incorporating peer instruction for training in-service science teachers since 2010. This has been aimed to 169 teachers in five classes (two elementary schools, two middle schools and one combined). We surveyed 135 teachers from these classes to research their perspectives and recommendations for using peer instruction, and investigated 56 of them with six conceptests for light propagation. We found that 93% of the teachers acknowledged the value of peer instruction to develop their concept of science. Through analysis of teachers' answers to these questions, we identified that the percentage of correct answers increases significantly after peer instruction. Finally, we found broad agreement of about 91% for using peer instruction for training in-service science teachers.
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