Physics @ Berkeley
Events in Physics
Title: Physics Education Research: The Role And Promise Of Disciplinary Engagement In Education Transformation    (Colloquia)
Start Date: 10/21/2013
Time: 4:15 pm
Location: 1 LeConte Hall
Speaker: Noah Finkelstein
Affiliation: Professor of Physics, Director of Center for STEM Learning, Univ. of Colorado
Contact Person: Sarah Wittmer   (510) 642-3034

Currently, unprecedented national attention is now being paid to the outcomes of and needs for Discipline-Based Education Research.  After framing the national scale scene of physics education, and how physics education research (PER) is positioned to contribute to the national dialog, I will review the growth of our own program at CU-Boulder. I will present samples of several scales of our research and intervention, including:  course transformation at the introductory to advanced level in physics, research on how subtle faculty choices that influence the impacts of these course transformations, and the development of a framework for understanding (and effecting?) sustained change in undergraduate physics education.