red Supported Site University of Wisconsin - La Crosse: Demographics

PhysTEC Graduates (Years funded 2012-2015)
BaselineProject Funded
Year -2 Year -1 Year 0 Year 1
1 0 1 3

* Must meet the definition of PhysTEC Secondary Graduate.

** This is a subset of the graduates from all programs, and may be the same.

Definition of PhysTEC Secondary Graduate: Any student who has graduated from a PhysTEC Institution and

(a) has a major or minor in physics, OR (b) has completed coursework equivalent to a major or minor in physics

AND

(a) has certification to teach high-school physics, OR (b) has completed a teacher education program.

Commentary on Secondary Graduates data: There are two key ways that students can be certified to teach high school physics at UW-La Crosse: a major in Physics Education from the Physics Department or a major in another area and a certifiable education minor in physics. Prior to Fall 2011 students were housed in the Department of Educational Studies; the first graduate of the new discipline-based Secondary Teacher Education Preparation (STEP) program was one of the three students who graduated in 2012-2013. Students are licensed in the category Early Adolescence - Adolescence (EA-A) which is grades 6-12.

 

 

Future Physics Teachers

Baseline

Project

Post-funding

Year -2

2009-2010 

Year -1

2010- 2011

Year 0

2011-2012

Year 1

2012-

2013

Year 2

2013-2014

Year 3

2014-2015

Year 4

2015-

2016

Year 5

2016-2017

Year 6

2017-

2018

Future teachers from all pathways*

5

4

5

9

         

Future teachers from pathways with active recruiting by PhysTEC**

5

4

5

9

         

* This number should match the number of names entered on the Future Teachers tab in the teacher tracking spreadsheet.

** This is a subset of the Future Teachers from all programs, and may be the same.

 

 

Definition of PhysTEC Future Teacher : A student at a PhysTEC Institution who has committed to completing a program of physics teacher education.

Definition of a Future Teacher at (insert your institution): A student who has declared a major in Physics Education and has completed at least one year at UW-La Crosse (Sophomore standing).

 

Commentary on Future Physics Teachers data: As seen in the teacher tracking spreadsheet, the list of "Future Teachers" includes the students who graduated during that same academic year. For example, of the six students in the program in 2011-2012, one graduated in Spring 2012; of the nine students in the program in 2012-2013, three of them graduated in Fall 2012. Of the four new students gained, three of them switched their major from physics to physics education and one was previously an undeclared major.

Learning Assistants in Physics Courses

Baseline

Project

Post-funding

Year -2

2009-2010 

Year -1

2010- 2011

Year 0

2011-2012

Year 1

2012-

2013

Year 2

2013-2014

Year 3

2014-2015

Year 4

2015-

2016

Year 5

2016-2017

Year 6

2017-

2018

0

0

0

4

         

PhysTEC Learning Assistant: Any PhysTEC student who facilitates learning in an undergraduate physics course, receives formal pedagogical instruction, and is encouraged to enter a teacher preparation program.

Commentary on Learning Assistant data: There were four students who served as learning assistants in reformed physics courses during Spring 2013. Two physics majors assisted with the second-semester Calculus-based course and two physics education students assisted with the Physics for Educators course (for future elementary and middle school teachers).

 

PhysTEC Mentors

Project

Post-funding

Year 1

2012-

2013

Year 2

2013-2014

Year 3

2014-2015

Year 4

2015-

2016

Year 5

2016-2017

Year 6

2017-

2018

PhysTEC Mentors (current and prior TIRs)

0

         

Mentored PhysTEC Graduates

0

         

Mentored non-PhysTEC Teachers

0

         

Definition of PhysTEC Mentor : Any PhysTEC TIR who mentors a practicing K-12 teacher or pre-service teacher. (Mentors are counted each year, so after their first year of mentoring, they are recounted if they mentor in the next year.)

Commentary on Mentors data: UW-La Crosse does not have a TIR.

Course Name

PhysTEC Course Enrollments (enter # of students enrolled) 

Baseline

Project

Post-funding

Year -2

2009-2010 

Year -1

2010- 2011

Year 0

2011-2012

Year 1

2012-

2013

Year 2

2013-2014

Year 3

2014-2015

Year 4

2015-

2016

Year 5

2016-2017

Year 6

2017-

2018

Science Methods

   

9

7

         

Calc-based Physics I

     

90

         

Calc-based Physics II

     

60?

         

Physical Science for Educators

     

77

         
                       

Definition of PhysTEC Course : Any physics, physical science, or education course that has been revised or created at a PhysTEC Institution for the PhysTEC program.

Commentary on Enrollment data:

Notes: I am having difficulty interpreting the definition of a PhysTEC course. There are several ongoing course reforms at UW-L, but it is difficult to claim that those changes were a direct result of the PhysTEC program. The calculus-based introductory physics course sequence was reformed in Fall 2011 to use a studio format, one year prior to PhysTEC funding. Further revisions to the course are ongoing. The science methods course "Teaching and Learning Science in the Secondary School" was reformed to include an embedded clinical field experience beginning in Fall 2012, but this course change was proposed and approved prior to PhysTEC funding. There were several content revisions made to this course based on collaborative activities among science education and math education faculty, so it has been listed in the table.