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PhysTEC has produced a number of publications that make excellent resources for any institution looking to bolster its physics teacher education efforts.

A Study of Thriving Physics Teacher Education Programs: Development of the Physics Teacher Education Program Analysis (PTEPA) Rubric

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The PhysTEC project conducted a study of thriving physics teacher education programs that identified common successful practices and structures. It was used to develop the Physics Teacher Education Program Analysis (PTEPA) Rubric, which provides a framework and guide for reflecting and improving upon physics teacher preparation programs.

If you want to use the PTEPA Rubric, start here.

Citation:
Stephanie V. Chasteen, Rachel E. Scherr and Monica Plisch, A Study of Thriving Physics Teacher Education Programs: Development of the Physics Teacher Education Program Analysis (PTEPA) Rubric. (American Physical Society, College Park, MD, 2018).

Author List:
Stephanie V. Chasteen, Rachel E. Scherr, Monica Plisch

Recruiting and Educating Future Physics Teachers: Case Studies and Effective Practices

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A practical guide to innovative, state-of-the-art programs, Recruiting and Educating Future Physics Teachers includes numerous papers and places strong emphasis on implementation advice, ongoing challenges, and lessons learned.

Citation:
Entire book:
C. Sandifer and E. Brewe, eds., Recruiting and Educating Future Physics Teachers: Case Studies and Effective Practices (American Physical Society, College Park, MD, 2015).

Sample book chapter:
S. Vokos and T. Hodapp, Characteristics of thriving physics teacher education programs, in Recruiting and Educating Future Physics Teachers: Case Studies and Effective Practices, edited by C. Sandifer and E. Brewe (American Physical Society, College Park, MD, 2015), pp. 3-19.

Editor List:
Cody Sandifer, Eric Brewe

Sustaining Programs in Physics Teacher Education: A Study of PhysTEC Supported Sites

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Several institutions were studied to document the sustainability of physics teacher education programs established by the PhysTEC project. Most have sustained their increased production of physics teachers, and half of the studied sites sustained large increases.

Citation:
Rachel E. Scherr, Monica Plisch, and Renee Michelle Goertzen, Sustaining Programs in Physics Teacher Education: A Study of PhysTEC Supported Sites (American Physical Society, College Park, MD, 2014).

Author List:
Rachel E. Scherr, Monica Plisch, Renee Michelle Goertzen

Transforming the Preparation of Physics Teachers: A Call to Action

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This report by the Task Force on Teacher Education in Physics (T-TEP) documents the state of physics teacher preparation in the United States and makes recommendations for the development of exemplary physics teacher education programs. This includes establishing regional centers in physics education, which would be the main regional producers of well-qualified physics teachers and a nexus for scholarly work on physics education. In addition, the centers would help veteran science teachers at all levels deepen their knowledge and skills.

Citation:
David E. Meltzer, Monica Plisch, and Stamatis Vokos, editors, Transforming the Preparation of Physics Teachers: A Call to Action. A Report by the Task Force on Teacher Education in Physics (T-TEP) (American Physical Society, College Park, MD, 2012).

Editor List:
David E. Meltzer, Monica Plisch, Stamatis Vokos

Teacher Education in Physics: Research, Curriculum, and Practice

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This publication brings reports reflecting cutting-edge research and practice in physics teacher education and reprints of previously published seminal papers to provide a single resource for scholarly work in this area. The papers included in this book address physics and physical-science teacher preparation, with a focus on physics education research and research-based instruction and curriculum development.

Citation:
David E. Meltzer and Peter S. Shaffer, editors, Teacher Education in Physics: Research, Curriculum, and Practice (American Physical Society, College Park, MD, 2011).

Editor List:
David E. Meltzer, Peter S. Shaffer

Evaluation Reports

PhysTEC employs Stephanie Chasteen, of Chasteen Educational Consulting, to evaluate multiple facets of the project and uses the resulting recommendations for strategic planning and project improvement.

2020 Annual External Evaluation: An analysis of the project as a whole focused on the effectiveness, scalability, and sustainability of PhysTEC initiatives

2020 PhysTEC Recruiting Site Sustainability Evaluation: An overview of the longitudinal continuation of PhysTEC activities at formerly funded Recruiting Sites

2019 Funded Site Graduation Rate Evaluation: An in-depth analysis of physics teacher graduation rates at PhysTEC-funded sites, including considerations for funding type and background variables

2020 PhysTEC Conference Evaluation: A review of the 2020 PhysTEC conference, including survey results and recommendations for future conferences

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