Physics Colloquia Series with Eric Mazur

3:30 pm on Tuesday, January 22, 2013
4:30 pm on Tuesday, January 22, 2013
SCI 109
The Scientific Approach to Teaching: Research as a Basis for Course Design

Speaker: Eric Mazur, Harvard University

Hosted by: Bennett Goldberg,

This event is part of the Physics Department Colloquia Series.

Refreshments will be served at 3 p.m. in the 1st Floor Lounge.

Abstract: Discussions of teaching - even some publications - abound with anecdotal evidence. Our intuition often supplants a systematic, scientific approach to finding out what works and what doesn't work. Yet, research is increasingly demonstrating that our gut feelings about teaching are often wrong. In this talk, I will discuss some research my group has done on gender issues in science courses and on the effectiveness of classroom demonstrations.