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Taking a Scientific Approach to Science Education

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Part one of the CESE Spring Lecture Series, “Reforming Science Education; Promoting Deep Learning in a Superficial Society”. Presented by Carl Wieman. This event is co-sponsored by The Schreyer Institute for Teaching Excellence and the Penn State Department of Physics.

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11 February 2014 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM


HUB Auditorium

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Abstract: 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
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.


Meet the Speaker: Carl Wieman, Department of Physics and Graduate School of Education, Stanford University, Associate Director for Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy; 2010-2012, Nobel Laurette, 2001 for production of the first true Bose-Einstein condensate.   In 2004 he was one of four U.S. Professors of the Year (given for teaching) as awarded by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education / Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. 


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A recording of Dr. Wieman's lecture is now available. You can access this recording by signing in with a valid PSU ID when prompted to.

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