Infusing Pedagogical Content Knowledge into a Physics Course for Future Elementary Teachers
Funded by the National Science Foundation's TUES Program
The project reforms PHYS 106 for future elementary teachers. We integrate pedagogical content knowledge into the course so that future teachers recognize the relevance of learning physics concepts and using reform-based pedagogy in the classrooms of tomorrow. The expected outcome is that future teachers will design lesson plans demonstrating a deep understanding of content and pedagogy and that they will show positive improvements on surveys measuring their views about science and beliefs about learning science. Thus, we expect a statistically significant increase in the number of future elementary teachers concentrating in science at KSU.