2007 Conference on the Preparation of Physics and Physical Science Teachers

2007 Conference on the Preparation of Physics and Physical Science Teachers

Physics Teacher Education Coalition Event
Mar 03, 2007 - Mar 04, 2007 at Boulder, CO at the Millennium Harvest House Hotel

Recruitment: A Critical Element in Addressing the National Shortage of Physics Teachers

The 2007 PhysTEC conference will explore the recruitment of physics and physical science teachers in the broadest context - how to recruit students into physics at the college level; how to interest them in high school physics teaching careers; and how to keep them in the classroom through ongoing support.  In addition to recruitment, the conference offers relevant physics education research (PER) and its applications.

The conference program features six sessions of four concurrent 90-minute workshops. The Conference will start with breakfast and a welcoming address on March 3 (Saturday), and will end at 3:30 on March 4 (Sunday).  Beyond the scheduled sessions, considerable time has been built into the program to enable participants and presenters to share ideas.

Conference Schedule

Contributed Poster Abstracts

Planned Workshops

The 2007 PhysTEC conference will have 21 workshops on various aspects of the following topics:
  • Recruitment
  • Interactive Pedagogy
  • Institution Changes
View the workshop descriptions or information on the presenters.

Plenary Speakers

Carl Wieman - Nobel Laureate and advocate for physics department involvement in physics instruction reform and producing physics teachers

Cherry Murray - Incoming APS Vice President and member of the Committee on Science, Engineering, and Public Policy, which authored the Rising Above the Gathering Storm Report

Poster Sessions

There was a contributed poster session.

Free Pre-Conference Workshops--Friday, March 2nd

Powerful Ideas in Physical Science
Bob Poel (Western Michigan University) and Nancy Stauch (Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo)
Friday, March 2nd:  All day (9 a.m.-12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.).

University of Colorado's Learning Assistant Program
Noah Finkelstein and Valerie Otero
Friday, March 2nd:  1:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.