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  Session: Inservice Preparation for Pre High School Teachers
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Online Inquiry-based Physics Content and Pedagogy for the Enhancement of Science Teacher Development: Elementary and Middle Grades
  Meeting: 2014 Winter Meeting: Orlando, Florida
  Location: N/A
  Time: 12:50PM
  Author: Chuck Fidler, Florida International University
978-502-2236, cfidler@fiu.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: With the advent of digital learning platforms, approaches to providing inquiry-based professional development can facilitate physics education for pre- and in-service teachers. This approach uses research-based methods of online techniques and combines a best-practice approach to learner-centered experimental-based physics education. The cohort-model design employs flexibility within an instructor-paced program, uses digital platforms accessible from off-campus web-based environments, and is cost-effective. Proving these types of experience proved to be a valuable mechanism for promoting successful physics education to educational professionals. Results (n=20) demonstrated this approach provides a sustainable platform for the growth and access to exceptional physics teacher development structure within the elementary and middle school levels. Specific design strategies encompassed sustainability concerns including access, cost, time, attendance, resources, availability, peer-collaboration, and professional application. Program development was supported by NASA.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: AAPT 2014 Fidler.pdf

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