Skip to Content

Search: {{$root.lsaSearchQuery.q}}, Page {{$}}

<b>Special OVPR Lecture</b><br>A Scientific Approach To Science and Engineering Education<b><br>Dr. Carl Wieman (Assoc. Director for Science, White House)</b><br>

Thursday, March 22, 2012
12:00 AM
Blau Auditorium, Ross School of Business

Dr. Carl Wieman (Assoc. Director for Science, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy)

Reception immediately following lecture.
“Guided by experimental tests of theory and practice, science has advanced rapidly in the past 500 years. Guided primarily by tradition and dogma, science education has remained largely medieval. Taking a research approach to teaching science and engineering is now revealing principles and practices that achieve much better learning than traditional approaches. The combination of this research approach to instruction has set the stage for a major advance in undergraduate science and engineering education, an advance that can provide the relevant and effective education in these fields for all students that is needed for the 21st century. I will discuss the failures of traditional educational practices, even as used by “very good” teachers, and the successes of some new practices and technology that characterize this more effective approach.
I will also discuss how these results are consistent with basic principles of learning coming from cognitive psychology and hence are widely applicable.” ~Dr. Carl Wieman

Sponsored by the U-M Office of the Vice President for Research.
Questions? Contact Sandy Fike at or (734) 764-1185.