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An Investigation Of The Knowledge, Beliefs, And Practices Of Physics Teaching Assistants, With Implications For Ta Preparation, Benjamin T. Spike Jan 2014

An Investigation Of The Knowledge, Beliefs, And Practices Of Physics Teaching Assistants, With Implications For Ta Preparation, Benjamin T. Spike

Physics Graduate Theses & Dissertations

Physics Teaching Assistants (TAs) serve a critical role in supporting student learning in various classroom environments, including discussions and laboratories. As research-based instructional strategies become more widespread in these settings, the TA's role is expanding beyond simply presenting physics content to encompass facilitating student discussion and attending to student reasoning. At the same time, we recognize that these TAs are physics professionals and future faculty, and their teaching experiences in graduate school have the potential for long-term impact on their professional identities. Consequently, there is a need to enhance traditional forms of preparation to support TAs in this expanded ...