Fall 2011 - October 21
David E. Pritchard, MIT
Green Professor of Physics
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“What are students learning, and from what activity?”
What knowledge are students learning? What instructional activities are they learning it from? What student habits are helpful or detrimental to learning? What learning do they remember at graduation? We must be able to answer these questions to have an informed discussion about our educational process. Our recent research, including educational data mining, begins to answer these questions. I will also describe a software tutor that really helps students learn.
Finally I shall address a key question – what do we really want students to learn? Given that most teachers want students to become more expert-like, I will describe a pedagogy, “Modeling Applied to Problem Solving” that has achieved this result. These studies were done in introductory college physics.
Friday, October 21, 2011
140 Bennett Hall