College of Science

SEMINAR: Stamatis Vokos [Cal Poly San Luis Obispo]

SEMINAR: Operationalizing and Measuring the Elusive Construct of Content Knowledge for Teaching: Energy Teaching & Learning, Stamatis Vokos [Cal Poly San Luis Obispo]

Oct 17, 2019 11:00 AM to Oct 17, 2019 12:00 PM at 8-241

Physics and Astronomy Seminar

October 17, 2019, 11:00 am to 12:00 pm at Building 8, Room 241

 

Dr. Stamatis Vokos (Cal Poly SLO)

 

Operationalizing and Measuring the Elusive Construct of Content Knowledge for Teaching: Energy Teaching & Learning

 

In carrying out Tasks of Teaching, instructors enact Content Knowledge for Teaching (CKT), a specialized knowledge that content experts who do not teach do not use (and most likely have not developed). How do we operationalize such a construct, validate it, and measure it in distinct ways (in pencil-and-paper assessments, classroom observations, and teaching artifact analysis)? What is the relationship between these measures and student learning? In this talk, a multi-institutional, multi-year effort to pursue these questions in the context of a specific physics topic will be described, the project framework will be shared, sample assessments items will be illustrated, and results from a pilot study and the full field test involving about 560 high school physics teachers will be discussed. This approach allows us to explore the fundamental and relatively unexplored question that underlies CKT—what does an instructor know about the teaching of a particular content area, and how is that knowledge related to instruction and student learning in that same content area? Implications for teacher education programs and development efforts for physics university faculty, Teaching Assistants, and Learning Assistants will be highlighted.

 

10:50 am Refreshments

11:00 am Seminar