Taking a scientific approach to science and engineering education

Prof. Carl Wieman, Stanford University

10 Maggio 2024, ore 10.30 – Aula Magna, Palazzo Bo

Guided by experimental tests of theory and practice, science and engineering have advanced rapidly in the past 500 years. Guided primarily by tradition, education in these subjects has been reluctant to modernize. Recent research on how people learn, combined with careful experiments in university classrooms, is now revealing much more effective ways to teach and evaluate learning than is currently used in most classes. I will discuss these results and what they tell us about principles of learning and their effective implementation in science courses. This research is setting the stage for a new approach to teaching that can provide the relevant and effective science education for all students that is needed for the 21st century. The talk will be relevant not only for STEM educators but also for anyone interested in reflecting on and innovating teaching.

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Carl Wieman

Carl Wieman holds a joint appointment as Professor of Physics and of the Graduate School of Education at Stanford University. Among his many distinctions, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001 for the first realization of a Bose-Einstein condensate (with Eric Cornell and Wolfgang Ketterle). In 2007, he joined the University of British Columbia as the Director of the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative. His current intellectual focus is on undergraduate physics and science education. He has pioneered the use of experimental techniques to evaluate the effectiveness of various teaching strategies for physics and other sciences. The results of his research are presented in his book “Improving How Universities Teach Science” (Harvard University Press, Cambridge, 2017).