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Exploring the Boundaries

Title: Exploring the Boundaries: A Study of a Physics Faculty Community of Practice Engaged in Implementing Innovation.
Name(s): Enderle, Patrick, author
Southerland, Sherry, professor directing dissertation
Underwood, Nora, university representative
Sampson, Victor, committee member
Schwartz, Robert A., committee member
School of Teacher Education, degree granting department
Florida State University, degree granting institution
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: monographic
Date Issued: 2012
Publisher: Florida State University
Place of Publication: Tallahassee, Florida
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Undergraduate science education continues to develop new ways of improving the teaching and learning of science. This study describes the efforts of four science faculty members involved in developing and teaching an innovative sequence of introductory physics courses. These courses were designed in a studio format using the SCALE-UP course model, previously developed by other researchers in physics education. These four faculty members developed a cooperative group structure among themselves that was critical in sustaining these innovative courses. Using Wenger's Communities of Practice framework, the interactions of this faculty group with each other and with students through different pedagogical practices were explored for their impacts on the teaching and learning of physics. Further investigation explored the impact of multiple contextual forces operating at several levels on the development and maintenance of the studio physics program. The findings that emerged provide insight into necessary social elements for helping faculty to implement pedagogical change and offer evidence for their impact on a specific effort.
Identifier: FSU_migr_etd-4816 (IID)
Submitted Note: A Dissertation submitted to the School of Teacher Education in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy.
Degree Awarded: Summer Semester, 2012.
Date of Defense: June 12, 2012.
Keywords: Faculty, Pedagogy, Physics Education, SCALE-UP, Studio Courses, Undergraduate
Bibliography Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Advisory Committee: Sherry Southerland, Professor Directing Dissertation; Nora Underwood, University Representative; Victor Sampson, Committee Member; Robert A. Schwartz, Committee Member.
Subject(s): Teachers -- Training of
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Owner Institution: FSU

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