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  7:30 pm, Wednesday, November 12, 2008
Fairmont Lounge, St. John's College

Science Education in the 21st Century: Using the tools of science to teach science

Carl Wieman

Nobel Laureate, 2001
University of British Columbia

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 how many teachers badly misinterpret what students are thinking and learning from traditional science classes and exams. However, research is also providing insights on how to do much better. The combination of this research with modern information technology is setting the stage for a new approach that can provide the relevant and effective science education for all students that is needed for the 21st century. I will discuss the failures of traditional educational practices, even as used by "very good" teachers, and the successes of some new practices and technology that characterize this more effective approach, and how these results are highly consistent with findings from cognitive science.

Find out more by visiting the Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative.

Additional resources for this talk: slides with animation and slides (pdf), video.