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Science expertise and the prominence of causal knowledge

28 August 2013

Join us on August 28 for a CoCo seminar by Micah Goldwater titled "Science expertise and the prominence of causal knowledge”.

My research focuses on how knowledge changes throughout learning and development, and how to foster such changes in children and adults.

In this talk I will discuss models of expertise development from the perceptual and analogical learning literatures, and from them hypothesise differences between science experts and novices in how causal knowledge is represented and organised.

I will present experiments showing that increased science expertise is marked by an increased ability to recognise common abstract causal structure across disparate domains, and an increased ability to retrieve phenomena from memory based on their underlying causal principles. I then will present a training study utilising analogical comparison to foster abstract causal knowledge in science novices. Lastly, as a reason for this seminar is to introduce myself to the STL community, I will briefly discuss related lines of work I hope to develop here at Sydney.

This seminar will be available live online at

Event details

  • When: 11am–12.30pm

  • Where:

    Education Building (A35)

    Room 230

  • Cost: Free
  • Contact:

    Patricia Thibaut Paez

    T: 9351 6358


  • More info: Arrive at 10.45am for refreshments.

  • Speaker:

    Dr Micah Goldwater is a lecturer in development and cognition at the School of Psychology, at The University of Sydney. He completed his PhD in psychology at the University of Texas, Austin, researching concept learning, knowledge representation and language development. Dr Goldwater was most recently a researcher at Northwestern University, developing applications of research to improve young children's and undergraduates' science and maths education.

Science expertise and the prominence of causal knowledge


Education Building (A35)

Room 230


28 August 2013

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