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Lighting the way: photonics leaders II (PL2) optics and photonics teacher professional development
Author(s): Pamela Olivia Gilchrist; Joyce Hilliard-Clark; Tuere Bowles; Eric Carpenter

Paper Abstract

A sample group of nineteen teachers completed the second phase of the Photonics Leaders II Optics and Photonics professional development program. Participants took a basic Physics content knowledge test that was designed by a Professor of Physics. The test was completed before the teachers participated in the program and at the end of the program to gather data for statistical inquiry. Statistical studies on pre-test and post-test data indicated significant gains in physics content knowledge over time, and that instructors teaching at the middle school level or only teaching one subject area scored significantly lower during the pretest. Reports from previous participants are summarized to disseminate the percentage of teachers who have incorporated at least one workshop activity and the kind of activity performed. The concerns and limitations reported by previous participants are reviewed as well.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 July 2014
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 9289, 12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, 928917 (17 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2070383
Show Author Affiliations
Pamela Olivia Gilchrist, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
Joyce Hilliard-Clark, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
Tuere Bowles, North Carolina State Univ. (United States)
Eric Carpenter, Univ. of Alberta (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9289:
12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference
Manuel F. P. C. Martins Costa; Mourad Zghal, Editor(s)

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