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  Session: Preparing Physics Teachers to Teach in Diverse Environments
  Paper Type: Invited
  Title: Building on Learner Resources in Urban Pre-service Teacher Professional Development
  Meeting: 2014 Summer Meeting: Minneapolis, Minnesota
  Location: N/A
  Time: 2:00PM
  Author: Andrea Gay Van Duzor, Chicago State University
773-995-4437, andrea.vanduzor@csu.edu
  Co-Author(s): Mel S. Sabella
  Abstract: Too often in public discourse about urban education deficit thinking predominates with a focus on what students cannot do and the standardized tests that illustrate their failure. Alternatively, new teachers are more effective when they seek to help students build on their intellectual resources and capabilities. As we prepare our pre-service science teachers at Chicago State University, we focus on four elements: inquiry-based learning environments in science, early teaching experiences, explicit attention in pedagogical content knowledge courses on student resources rather than student deficits, and an emphasis on the professional nature of teaching. As a minority serving institution on the South Side of Chicago, our pre-service teachers often have experienced the impacts of deficit thinking in their own educational journeys. Inquiry learning and early teaching experiences build on our science pre-service teachers' resources while simultaneously modeling attitudes for the K-12 classroom.
  Footnotes: Sponsored by Wendy K. Adams. Invited presentation for the session entitled "Preparing Physics Teachers to Teach in Diverse Environments."
  Presentation: van duzor sabella aapt 2014.pdf

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