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Using the learning assistant model to transform courses and support diverse students
Jayson Nissen, Postdoctoral Scholar at California State University - Chico and serves on the Leadership Council for the Learning Assistant Alliance

Instructors, departments and institutions seeking to transform instruction in their courses often use the learning assistant (LA) model to implement research-based instructional strategies. In the LA model, institutions hire undergraduate students to work with instructors to implement student-centered, collaborative activities. To support the LAs working with the students, LAs meet with the course instructors in weekly preparation meetings and LAs participate in a pedagogy course to learn about and reflect on education literature and learning theory. In the talk, I will discuss the LA model, the resources available to instructors using LAs, and two studies on the relationships between LA supported instruction and conceptual learning in first semester physics courses. The first study investigated conceptual learning across courses that primarily used LAs in either lecture, laboratory, or recitation compared to courses that used either lecture-based instruction or collaborative instruction without LA support. The second study investigated equity across gender and race/ethnicity in first semester physics courses that used lecture-based, collaborative, or LA supported instruction.

Vashti Publishes Article About an Analytic Framework to Characterize Student Reasoning
September 5, 2018
Vashti Publishes Article About an Analytic Framework to Characterize Student Reasoning

PERL co-director Vashti Sawtelle, PERL alumni K.K. Mashood, and colleagues have published an article in Life Science Education title Developing an Analytical Framework to Characterize Student Reasoning about Complex Processes.

Angie publishes article in The Physics Teacher
August 30, 2018
Angie publishes article in The Physics Teacher

Angie Little and colleague published a paper in The Physics Teacher titled On the Importance of Engaging Students in Crafting Definitions.

Dr. Alanna Pawlak Defends Her PhD!
July 23, 2018
Dr. Alanna Pawlak Defends Her PhD!

Dr. Alanna Pawlak Defends Her PhD!

Katie Publishes Article on a Critical Look at Physics Identity
June 1, 2018
Katie Publishes Article on a Critical Look at Physics Identity

Prof. Katie Hinko and her collaborators, Simone Hyater-Adams, Claudia Fracchiolla, Noah Finkelstein, have published an article investigating a framework for examining race and physics identity.

Vashti Publishes Article on Modeling Instruction for University Physics
May 11, 2018
Vashti Publishes Article on Modeling Instruction for University Physics

PERL co-director Vashti Sawtelle and colleagues have published an article on Modeling Instruction for University Physics in the European Journal of Physics

Dr. Daryl McPadden Defends Her PhD!
March 21, 2018
Dr. Daryl McPadden Defends Her PhD!

Daryl McPadden successfully defended her PhD. Congratulations Daryl!

PERL Members Publish 10 PERC Papers
March 13, 2018
PERL Members Publish 10 PERC Papers

We're proud to annouce that the PERL Team has contributed to 10 PERC Papers in 2017.

Prof. Katie Hinko Wins $10,000 S3 Grant
February 8, 2018
Prof. Katie Hinko Wins $10,000 S3 Grant

Prof. Katie Hinko is leading a team that was awarded a $10,000 Science and Society @ State grant. Working with Prof. Megan Halpern, their project titled: Hidden Value: Investigating the Physics Demonstration as Aesthetic Experience looks to explore physics demonstrations as meaningful experiences.

Angie publishes in Journal of Science Teacher Education
February 2, 2018
Angie publishes in Journal of Science Teacher Education

Angie Little and colleagues published a paper in the Journal of Science Teacher Education titled: Building Reflective Practices in a Pre-service Math and Science Teacher Education Course That Focuses on Qualitative Video Analysis

Vashti & Danny Named 2018 Teacher-Scholars
January 31, 2018
Vashti & Danny Named 2018 Teacher-Scholars

Vashti Sawtelle and Danny Caballero were both named 2018 Teacher-Scholars for their fantastic teaching and research: 

http://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2018/2018-teacher-scholar-awards/