Jun 13 – 19, 2015
University of Alberta
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Investigation of PeerWise Technology Implementation to Promote Pedagogical Content Knowledge of Physics Teacher-Candidates: From Theory to Practice

Jun 18, 2015, 9:45 AM
CCIS L1-160 (University of Alberta)

CCIS L1-160

University of Alberta

Oral (Non-Student) / orale (non-étudiant) Physics Education / Enseignement de la physique (DPE-DEP) R1-8 Interactive Teaching - Teaching with Technology (DPE) / Enseignement interactif et à l'aide de la technologie (DEP)


Dr Marina Milner-Bolotin (The University of British Columbia)


Questioning is a key physics teaching skill. It relies on teachers’ Pedagogical Content Knowledge (PCK) (Shulman, 1986) and willingness to engage students in inquiry. A number of technology-enhanced pedagogies that promote conceptual science questions’ use have been developed lately (Keller et al., 2007). One of the most common is Peer Instruction (Lasry, 2008; Mazur, 1997; Milner-Bolotin, 2004). It engages students in responding to conceptual multiple-choice questions using clickers, such as the distribution of students’ responses can be immediately displayed. Then the students are engaged in peer discussions, followed by the repeated vote on the same question (Kalman, Milner-Bolotin, & Antimirova, 2010). The success of this pedagogy depends on the use of pedagogically effective questions that elicit student conceptual difficulties (Beatty et al., 2008; Lee, Ding, Reay, & Bao, 2011). This study aims to investigate the development of conceptual question design skills in physics Teacher-Candidates and the impact of this process on teacher-candidates’ PCK through the implementation of PeerWise collaborative design tool (Bates & Calloway, 2013; Denny, Luxton-Reilly, & Simon, 2009; Milner-Bolotin, 2014) during the 13-week long Physics Methods course.

Primary author

Dr Marina Milner-Bolotin (The University of British Columbia)


Mr Davor Egersdorfer (University of British Columbia) Mr Murugan Vinayagam (UBC)

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