Taking a Scientific Approach to Science Education

January 30, 2014
3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, PhD
The University Club, Ballroom B - 123 University Place
Carl Wieman, PhD, is professor of physics and of education at Stanford University. He has pioneered the use of experimental techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of various teaching strategies for physics and other sciences.

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.