Carl Wieman Lecture

I attended a lecture in DIT Bolton Street by Dr Carl Wieman titled “Science Education in the 21st Century; using the methods of science to teach science” .This was of great interest to me as in the distant past I studied science and, like many others, I believe that we need to do more to stimulate effective practices in science eduction. Many science teachers at school and college level are passionate about their work and are often willing to explore new pedagogic methods to stimulate student engagement. Wieman focused on teaching methods and as his title suggests he uses analytical methods to assess different approaches and strategies. He contrasts two educational models:Model 1Teacher encounters a new problem or conceptTeacher figures it out Teacher explains to studentsStudents demonstrate that either (a) they know or (b) they don’t know the concept or problemIf outcome (a) – student learning is effectiveIf outcome (b) – student not making sufficient effort (lazy student!) Model 2Teacher encounters a new problem or conceptTeacher figures it out Teacher establishes learning goalsTeacher guides student activities (the design of these activites is the practice of teaching and is informed by research and expeience)Teacher measures learning outcomes(a) students solve relevant problems(b) Read More …