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Taking a scientific approach to teaching physics (and most other subjects)

Carl Wieman- Stanford

Thursday, October 19, 2017
  3:40–5 p.m.


Location: Chung Hall 138
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Category: Colloquium

Description: Guided by experimental tests of theory and practice, science has advanced rapidly in the past 500 years.  Guided primarily by tradition and dogma, science education meanwhile has remained largely medieval.  Research on how people learn is now revealing much more effective ways to teach and evaluate complex thinking and learning than what is in use in the traditional science class.  Students and instructors find such innovative research-based teaching more rewarding, because they involve the physics expertise of the instructor much more extensively and transfer that expertise more effectively. This research is setting the stage for a new approach to teaching and learning that can provide the relevant and effective science education for all students that is needed for the 21st century.  I will also cover more meaningful and effective ways to measure the quality of teaching. Although the focus of the talk is on undergraduate science and engineering teaching, particularly physics, the underlying principles come from studies of the general development of expertise and apply widely.

Additional Information: Colloquia & Seminars

Open to: General Public
Admission: Free
Sponsor: Physics and Astronomy

Contact Information:
Naveen Reddy
951-827-3492
naveen.reddy@ucr.edu