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Maseeh Colloquium: Preparing future college instructors 1/29/2014 at 2 p.m. in NH 454
Author: Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics and Statistics
Posted: January 29, 2014

The Maseeh Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Series*

Jessica Ellis, Ph.D. Candidate
University of California San Diego
& San Diego State University

Preparing future college instructors: the role of Graduate Student Teaching Assistants (GTAs) in successful college calculus programs

In this presentation I detail two studies that have shaped my research program, both coming out of the Characteristics of Successful Programs in College Calculus (CSPCC) project. The first investigates the profile and experiences of students who initially indicate intent to pursue Calculus II (a proxy of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) intention) and then no longer do so after taking Calculus I. Results of this study indicate that students who switch are less engaged during class, even when in the same class as their persister counterparts. Additionally, a significant amount of these students are taught by Graduate-student Teaching Assistants (GTAs). In the second study, I contrast Graduate-student Teaching Assistants’ (GTAs’) Calculus instruction to that of other instructor types, and examine the various professional development experiences GTAs have that successfully prepare them as future professors. This study is rooted in a sociocultural approach to learning how to teach and becoming part of a community. By drawing on both quantitative and qualitative methods, I connect components of GTA professional development programs to instructor’s conceptions, their practices, and their students’ success. I conclude by articulating future directions for my emerging program of research

Wednesday, January 29, 2014 at 2:00 pm
Neuberger Hall room 454
(Refreshments served at 2:00 in presentation room)

* Sponsored by the Maseeh Mathematics and Statistics Colloquium Series Fund and the Fariborz Maseeh Department of Mathematics & Statistics, PSU. This event is free and open to the public.