Science Education in the 21st Century

Posted on April 1, 2006  Comments (5)

Photo of Dr. Carl Wieman

Science Education in the 21st Century: Using the Tools of Science to Teach Science podcast by Dr. Carl Wieman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001. Also received the first NSF Distinguished teaching Scholars award (NSF’s “highest honor for excellence in both teaching and research”) and the National Professor Of The Year (CASE and Carnegie Foundation).

Dr. Carl Wieman, recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2001, discusses 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. Research on how people learn science 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 more effective approach to science education based on using the tools of science. This can provide a relevant and effective science education to all students.

Podcast recording 21 Nov 2005 at the University of British Columbia.

Text of March 15, 2006 Dr. Wieman testimony to the US House of Representatives Science Committee.

Nobel Laureate Joins UBC to Boost Science Education

via: Maintaining scientific humility

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