Science Education for the 21st Century
Tuesday, October 13, 2009 : 10:30am to 12:00pm
University Park Campus
Andrus Gerontology Center
Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman discusses how research on student learning, paired with new technology, can improve science education for all students.
This talk, “Science Education for the 21st Century: Using the Insights of Science to Teach Science,” will also address the failures of traditional educational practices, even as used by “very good” teachers, and the successes of newer practices, showing how these results are consistent with findings from cognitive science.
Wieman won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001 for the creation of Bose-Einstein condensation. He has carried out research in a variety of areas of atomic physics and laser spectroscopy.
Wieman has taught physics to a broad range of students, including within the Physics Education Technology Project, which creates educational online interactive simulations and studies their effectiveness. More information on this project can be found at www.colorado.edu/physics/phet.
Wieman’s education work has been recognized with the National Science Foundation’s Distinguished Teaching Scholar Award in 2001, the Carnegie Foundation’s U.S. University Professor of the Year Award in 2004, and the American Association of Physics Teachers’ Oersted Medal in 2007.
Wieman received his bachelor’s from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1973 and his Ph.D. from Stanford University in 1977.