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Paper: Designers’ Perspectives on Effective Professional Development for Scientist- and Engineer-Educators
Volume: 436, Learning from Inquiry In Practice
Page: 535
Authors: Seagroves, S.; Metevier, A. J.; Hunter, L.; Porter, J.; Brown, C.; Jonsson, P.; Kluger-Bell, B.; Raschke, L.
Abstract: While preparing a formal description of the CfAO’s Professional Development Program (PDP), some of the PDP’s designers and instructors described its core values and unique aspects, for internal reference. However, these ideas are worth sharing, as they represent the insiders’ perspectives on what makes the PDP successful. No single attribute described is completely unique to the PDP, but taken together these values and aspects combine and inter-relate to strengthen and distinguish the program. These attributes include: (1) the PDP’s main participants, who are practicing scientists and engineers rather than pre-service teachers; (2) the importance of community among these participants; (3) the interdisciplinarity of the participants and the interdisciplinary nature of science/engineering education itself; (4) respect for education research and best practices; (5) a focus on diversity and equity in science/engineering education; (6) the university-level science/engineering lab (as opposed to the lecture) as a venue for innovation; (7) a focus on inquiry as an exemplar of effective science/engineering education; (8) an emphasis on being intentional with one's choices as an educator; (9) a cycle of experience-reflection-innovation-reflection; and (10) the agility of the PDP program and staff to nimbly try new ideas and/or respond to participants’ needs. The authors believe that the PDP’s unique combination of these values and aspects leads to such successes as high return-participation and over-subscription rates, and contributes to the program's success overall.
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