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MSP LNC 2011

Enhancing Teaching to Enhance Learning in 9th Grade Physics


The vision of this project is to prepare Missouri's 9th grade science teachers to become intellectual leaders as they learn to teach a yearlong freshman physics course to their students. Leadership skills will be enhanced through research-based professional development that includes comprehensive physics content, inquiry and modeling-based pedagogy, research and evaluation. The project uses a quasi-experimental delayed entry design with two cohorts of teachers and their students. The first cohort of teachers began teaching their students in Fall 2010. We present the research and evaluation design, and describe our qualitative and quantitative definitions of student success.