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ERIC Number: EJ951126
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Dec
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 12
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Leadership in Freshman Physics
Rebello, Carina M.; Hanuscin, Deborah; Sinha, Somnath
Physics Teacher, v49 n9 p564-566 Dec 2011
Physics First--a movement to invert the traditional science course sequence to teach physics at the ninth-grade level--is gaining interest. However, there is limited literature exploring how to support teachers in successfully implementing Physics First. To address this, a professional development (PD) program supporting a cadre of teacher-leaders was developed. Its impetus is to facilitate teacher-leaders in becoming advocates for excellence through developing their physics content knowledge and use of research-based pedagogy. The primary aim of this paper is to illustrate how Leadership in Freshman Physics, an NSF Math and Science Partnership (MSP), designed a leadership component to support high school physics teacher-leaders in a district-wide implementation of the Physics First curriculum. We describe lessons learned from our implementation and provide suggestions for future PD programs emphasizing teacher-leadership.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A