Prof. Carl Wieman

Important experience / 重要經歷
Cheriton Family Professor and professor of Physics and of education, Stanford University

Associate Director for Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
美國白宮科學技術政策辦公室 (科學) 副主任

Yidan Prize (2020)
一丹獎 (2020)

Author of ‘Improving How Universities Teach Science’ (2017)
《改善大學科學教育》 作者

Carnegie US University Professor of the Year, Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching (2003)
卡耐基基金會美國大學教授年獎 (2003)

Nobel Prize in Physics 2001, Nobel Foundation (2001)

Research Areas / 研究範疇

Brain and Learning Sciences, Higher Education, Science Education, Teachers and Teaching

Introduction / 簡介

A ‘scientific approach to teaching science’

Wieman’s passion for education research grew out of his work in physics, as he sought to understand how his own students learned and developed into scientists. “For many years, I had two parallel research programs,” said Wieman. “One was in atomic physics, blasting atoms with lasers to see how they’d behave. The other was studying how people learn to think about physics and finding better ways to teach them.”

Students learn more effectively, Wieman found, when they practice and receive feedback on making particular decisions using the knowledge and skills of their respective disciplines. “I’ve come to see education fundamentally as a way for people to learn to make better decisions,” he said.

Advocating for “a scientific approach to teaching science,” he urges STEM professors to apply the same principles in teaching that they use in their research. Instead of just lecturing “because it has always been done this way,” he said, instructors should be guided by research demonstrating more effective methods, applying these principles and carefully measuring the results to find ways to improve, just as they do in their science.

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More about the speaker / 更多關於講者

Carl Wieman – Stanford University

Carl Wieman – The Nobel Prize in Physics 2001

Carl Wieman – Yidan Prize