Public SOTL lecture - April 17
The Physics Department invites the campus community to a public lecture:
(part of the physics conference on campus this weekend)
University of Massachusetts, Boston
2009 Recipient of the Robert A. Millikan Medal
Saturday, April 17, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m., KOBC 101
Can “all” students learn “real” physics?
Abstract: Can “all” students learn “real” physics? Physics First and Physics for All have become a success story for thousands of students in urban, suburban, and rural districts. At the same time, the International Physics Olympiad and other competitions have raised the expectation of what the most motivated students can achieve. Many physics educators are exploring ways to set higher goals for our most gifted students while also providing physics instruction to students previously excluded from our physics classes. Great novels and symphonies are accessible to people of different backgrounds and levels of expertise. We should develop teaching strategies that enable us to share an understanding of physics with all students because everyone deserves an opportunity to reflect on the wondrous workings of our universe.
Eisenkraft’s research interests include development and evaluation of curriculum, assessing technological literacy, new models of distance learning, transfer of learning, problem based learning models, pedagogical content knowledge, integrating science and sports, and how to bring quality science instruction to all students including those from traditionally under-represented minorities. He is Director of the Center of Science and Mathematics in Context (COSMIC). (www.cosmic.umb.edu)