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Science Education in the 21st Century: Using the Tools of Science to Teach Science

Science Education in the 21st Century: Using the Tools of Science to Teach Science

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: Nobel Laureate Speakers. Spurred by such real-world challenges as global warming, Carl Wieman, a Nobel Prize-winning physicist, has transformed his curiosity about improving science education into a vocation. Wieman is convinced that science education must be improved, not simply to inspire and train the next generation of scientists, but to educate a citizenry "to make wise decisions on tough questions." Unhappy with the apparent lack of impact his undergraduate physics courses had on students, Wieman began a personal odyssey to discover why traditional methods of teaching science -- the massive lecture hall, the fact-filled lectures -- seemed to fail in the task of conveying key concepts, much less exciting listeners. He delved into cognitive... Show More
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