The Science Literacy Program (SLP) has the great privilege of hosting Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman. Dr. Wieman is a Professor of Physics and of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University and founded the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative at the University of British Columbia. He also served as Associate Director of Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He is a leader in the study of science teaching and has written extensively about the national direction of STEM education reform.
Date: Thursday, February 5, 2015
Even: Physics Department Colloquium
Title: Expertise in Physics and How it is Best Learned and Taught
Speaker: Carl Wieman, Stanford University
Place: 100 Willamette Hall
Time: 4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Host: Michael Raymer, Physics Department and Co-PI Science Literacy Program
I will discuss how research has illuminated what it means to “think like an expert” (i.e. have expertise), and how those abilities are developed. I will move from cognitive psychology studies of expertise in general to the specific elements of physics expertise and research on both measuring and teaching physics expertise at a variety of levels. This will elucidate the essential roles in the learning process of both content expertise of the teacher and specific cognitive activities of the students; providing guiding principles for effective ways to teach physics for all levels and contexts.