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Physics Colloquium: "Expertise in physics and how it is best learned and taught"

Event Type
Seminar/Symposium
Topic
physics
Sponsor
Physics Department
Location
141 Loomis
Date
Mar 11, 2015   4:00 pm  
Speaker
Carl Wieman, Stanford University
Cost
None
Contact
Stephanie Johansson
E-Mail
sjohanss@illinois.edu
Phone
217-300-4241
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Originating Calendar
Physics - Colloquium

I will discuss how research has illuminated what it means to “think like an expert” (i.e. have expertise), and how those abilities are developed. I will move from cognitive psychology studies of expertise in general to the specific elements of physics expertise and research on both measuring and teaching physics expertise at a variety of levels. This will elucidate the essential roles in the learning process of both content expertise of the teacher and specific cognitive activities of the students; providing guiding principles for effective ways to teach physics for all levels and contexts.

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