Abstract by Jessica Martin
Physics and Astronomy
Designing an assessment to measure skills, attitudes, and behaviors of lab assistants
In addition to having the basic content knowledge expected of typical teaching assistants, effective lab assistants need to develop the ability to operate and troubleshoot equipment, the skills to analyze and evaluate data, and the leadership aptitudes necessary to create and maintain a classroom culture of innovation and collaboration. As a part of an ongoing effort to redesign and improve the physics lab courses at Brigham Young University, we are developing new assessments to evaluate our lab assistants and track their development. Our evaluation will assess the implementation of specific leadership qualities, attitudes, and behaviors with students in a lab setting, as well as indicate needed areas of improvement for future training. The theory involved in developing this assessment and future plans of implementation will be discussed.