Preparing physics graduate students to be educators
American Journal of Physics -- July 2008 -- Volume 76, Issue 7, pp. 684-690
Edward Price, Noah Finkelstein
We discuss two efforts that support the preparation of graduate students for their roles as professional physicists, particularly in the areas of teaching and education research. The Preparing Future Physicists program and the Teaching and Learning Physics course are mutually supportive, address broader graduate roles, and support the development of physics education research. Students' participation in these activities increases their mastery of physics, develops their interest in education and teaching, and engages them in research projects in physics education. We describe these efforts and identify critical features of their successes.