Public Event

Taking a Scientific Approach to Science Education
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Auditorium, National Center for Supercomputing Applications
1205 West Clark Street
Urbana (View Map)

Carl Wieman
Physics Department and Graduate School of Education, Stanford University; Nobel Prize in Physics (2001)

Guided by experimental tests of theory and practice, science has advanced rapidly in the past 500 years. Guided primarily by tradition and dogma, science and engineering education meanwhile has remained largely medieval. Research on how people learn is now revealing much more effective ways to teach and evaluate learning than what is in use in the traditional science class. The combination of this research with information technology 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.

Although the focus of the talk is on undergraduate science teaching, where the data is the most compelling, the underlying principles come from studies of the general development of expertise and apply widely.

Hosted by: Academy for Excellence in Engineering Education, Department of Physics, Teaching Advancement Board

In conjunction with: Center for Innovation in Teaching and Learning, College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences, College of Education, College of Engineering Undergraduate Programs Office, College of Medicine at Urbana-Champaign, Department of Aerospace Engineering, Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering, Department of Bioengineering, Department of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Department of Chemistry, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Department of Computer Science, Department of Geology, Department of Industrial and Enterprise Systems Engineering, Department of Mathematics, Department of Political Science, I-STEM Education Initiative, Office for Mathematics, Science, and Technology Education (MSTE), School of Earth, Society and Environment, School of Integrative Biology


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