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  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: A New Faculty's Perspective on Introducing the PET Curriculum
  Meeting: 2005 AAPT Summer Meeting: Salt Lake City, UT
  Location: Panorama East
  Date: Wednesday, Aug. 10
  Time: 4:15PM
  Author: Steven Sahyun, Univ. of Wisconsin, Whitewater
262-472-5113, sahyuns@uww.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: During the 2004-2005 academic year, the Physics for Elementary Teachers curriculum1 was field tested at a mid-sized regional midwest university.This paper will describe the experiences a new junior faculty member had in the course adoption and implementation process of this structured model-building activity-based course. The rationale for the course adoption over a previous active engagement course, advantages and disadvantages of the course, as well as successes and difficulties encountered with the course adoption and implementation process will be explored. Finally, results from a longitudinal study using pre- and post-test conceptual questions2 will be shown.
  Footnotes: 1. The Physics for Elementary Teachers curriculum description and information is located at http://cpucips.sdsu.edu/web/pet/index.html [2] Pre- and post-test questions were adapted from Mazur, E., Peer Instruction: A User?s manual, Prentice Hall, 1997.

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