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  Session: Institutional Support For Elementary Teacher Physics Training
  Paper Type: Invited
  Title: These Important Science Teachers Need Our Support
  Meeting: 2017 Winter Meeting: Atlanta, Georgia
  Location: N/A
  Time: 2:00PM
  Author: Gay B. Stewart,, West Virginia University,
4794452402, gbstewart@mail.wvu.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Arguably, elementary teachers are among the most important science teachers. They encourage or discourage a love of science, touching all students. Unfortunately, many future elementary teachers do not have access to the type of college science classes that model the way they should teach these subjects, and often elementary preparation programs do not place a large emphasis on science methods. Excellent curricula exist to fulfill this need, particularly in physics, but they require a commitment of good faculty and potentially more resources than other physics courses for non-majors. How we effectively sought institutional support, at the department, dean and provost levels, at two institutions will be discussed. Time for questions and advice to those attempting to start such a program will be available.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: elementary-aapt 2017-invited.pptm

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