The scientific approach to teaching: Research as a basis for course design

Presentation Date: 

Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Location: 

EDUVATE Forum, University of Pretoria (Pretoria, South Africa)
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.