Supported Site Cornell University: Program Data

The project collects data on the number of PhysTEC Graduates, PhysTEC Future Teachers, PhysTEC Learning Assistants, and PhysTEC Mentors; these PhysTEC terms are defined here. The project also collects data on physics pedagogy courses, early teaching experiences, and enrollment in K-8 physical science courses for future elementary school teachers.

PhysTEC Graduates (Years funded 2007-2011)
BaselineProject Funded
Year -2 Year -1 Year 0 Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
1 4 1 1 0 2 1 2

 

PhysTEC Teachers
Project Funded
Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
0 0 2 4 3

Commentary on PhysTEC Teachers data: These numbers reflect individuals who were formally recommended for certification by the Cornell Teacher Education (CTE) program. They may then have applied to NY State or another state for their actual certificate. The State of New York does not recognize certification for physical science. All of our pre-service teachers complete a physics major and an education minor as undergraduates, and then complete a one-year Master of Arts in Teaching Consequently, the earliest that students recruited at the freshman and sophomore level into our PhysTEC UTA program could appear in our teacher data is 2011-2012.

PhysTEC Mentors & Mentees
  Baseline Project
  Yr 1
2004-
2005
Yr 2
2005-
2006
Yr 3
2006-
2007
Yr 1
2007-
2008
Yr 2
2008-
2009
Yr 3
2009-
2010
PhysTEC Mentors
(Current and Prior TIRs)
0 0 0 1 1 1
PhysTEC Mentees 0 0 0 48 26 41 
Mentored PhysTEC Teachers 0 0 0 0 1
Mentored Non-PhysTEC Teachers 0 0 0 7 8

Under PhysTEC Mentees, the number includes Graduate TAs, Undergraduate TAs, and students in Education courses with which the TIR assisted. The mentoring standard applied was a minimum of one personal contact per month plus regular availability of email contact.

PhysTEC Enrollment
Course Type Baseline Project
Yr 1
2004-
2005
Yr 2
2005-
2006
Yr 3
2006-
2007
Yr 1
2007-
2008
Yr 2
2008-
2009
Yr 3
2009-
2010
Intro calculus-based mechanics* Phys1112 513 508 583 441 528 535 
Intro calculus-based mechanics* Phys2207 173 204 294 303 317 300 
Teaching and Learning Physics (TIR is the instructor) Phys4484/ 7684 xxx xxx xxx 17 24 37 
Secondary science teaching methods* EDUC 4050 24 14 18 131 16 22 
Total   710 726 895 774 885 894 

*TIR assisted in course instruction