Teaching @ Sydney

February 2016

Carl Wieman: A scientific approach to teaching science and engineering

Sydney Ideas, along with the Charles Perkins Centre Science of Learning Science Node, is hosting a talk A scientific approach to teaching science and engineering by Stanford University Professor and Nobel Laureate Carl Wieman, Department of Physics and Graduate School of Education.

Guided by experimental tests of theory and practice, science and engineering have 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 much more effective ways to teach, learn, and evaluate learning than what is in use in the traditional science class.

The combination of this research with information technology is setting the stage for a new approach to teaching and learning that can provide the relevant and effective science education for all students that is needed for the 21st century. Although the focus of the talk is on undergraduate science teaching, where the data is the most compelling, the underlying principles come from studies of the general development of expertise and apply widely.

Date: Friday 11 March, 2016
When: 4.30pm - 6.00pm
Where: Charles Perkins Centre Auditorium, Johns Hopkins Drive, The University of Sydney
Cost: Free and open to all with online registration requested

To read more about Professor Wieman and to participate in the event, visit the Sydney Ideas registration page.