PKAL-PTEC Workshop

Agenda

Doubletree Hotel & Suites
One Bigelow Square
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania 15219

Thursday, March 12, 2009
   
8:00 am BREAKFAST
   
8:20 am

PhysTECH OVERVIEW
Ted Hodapp, Project Director -PTEC

   
8:30 am PANEL DISCUSSION: WHAT WORKS
Moderator: Cliff Chancey, Professor of Physics & Department Head-University of Northern Iowa

Panelists:
Larry Escalada, Associate Professor of Physics-University of Northern Iowa
Stamatis Vokos, Professor of Physics-Seattle Pacific University
Gay Stewart, Associate Professor of Physics-University of Arkansas

A panel discussion on "what works" with comments on strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats from those engaged in successful science education programs. Panel perspectives include comprehensive universities, liberal arts colleges, and research universities.

   
9:50 am

PLENARY: PKAL AND HIGH SCHOOL SCIENCE TEACHING
Jeanne L. Narum, Director- Project Kaleidoscope

   
10:00 am

BREAK

   
10:30 am WORKSHOP: LEARNING ASSISTANTS
Valerie K. Otero, Associate Professor of Science Education -University of Colorado, Boulder

Dr. Otero’s research explores the dynamic nature of the learning environment and how it influences (and is influenced by) the evolution of students’ ideas. She also studies prospective and practicing teachers’ conceptions of students’ prior knowledge, and teachers’ conceptions of the use of students’ prior knowledge for teaching and learning.

   
12:00 pm

LUNCH

   
12:30 pm

PLENARY: UNC-BEST
Laurie McNeil, Department Chair & UNC-Best Project Leader -University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Under Dr. McNeil's leadership, the department has developed a pedagogy course that is co-taught by a physics education research (PER) faculty member and the Teacher-in-Residence, and that gives students the opportunity to spend time in schools. The students enrolled in the course were enthusiastic about the opportunity to learn about teaching while earning credit that counts toward their physics degree. The pedagogy course is one of four courses students need to complete (in addition to a physics major) to earn a teaching certification. This streamlined certification program, known as UNC-BEST (Bachelor’s Education in Science and Teaching), was developed mainly by the School of Education and recently received approval from the state. Already there is strong student interest in the program, and it promises to serve as a model for other institutions..

   
1:30 p.m. INTRODUCTION OF DISCUSSION GROUPS/FACILITATORS
   
1:45 p.m. DISCUSSION GROUP I
   
2:45 p.m. DISCUSSION GROUP II
   
3:45 p.m. WRAP UP & NEXT STEPS
   
4:00 p.m. ADJOURN
   
6:00 p.m. MEET UP TO GO OUT TO DINNER (for those staying for PTEC 09)