New podcast: Learning About Teaching Physics

by Stephanie Chasteen on July 28, 2011

This has actually been in the works for about a year, but I’m finally unveiling my brainchild of the past several years — a podcast to communicate physics education research to working teachers.  I’m calling it Learning About Teaching Physics, and our amazing local high school teacher Michael Fuchs is co-hosting it with me.  Here’s my little blurb about it:

We’re getting the physics education research out of those stuffy journals and into your hands (or, rather, ears) with this little audio podcast. Co-hosted by veteran high school physics teacher Michael Fuchs and physicist and education researcher Stephanie Chasteen, each episode investigates a piece of the research literature and how it can relate to your classroom.

It’s aimed at high school and college science teachers — really, most of the results are not specific to physics.  I’m able to do this thanks to a grant from the Physics Education Research Topical Group of the American Association of Physics Teachers.

I’ve been passionate about trying to make the education research more accessible to teachers since I started working at CU-Boulder.  There is a wealth of interesting and useful information in the literature, but education researchers are more adept at doing the research than on communicating it broadly.  I’d like to make a strong pitch for the community to start investing in more professional communication strategies — whether it be through podcasts like this or something else.  You can see more on my views on communicating education research here.

You can download the podcast on our Podomatic page, but if you give out the link please use the more permanent http://perusersguide.org/podcasts.  We’re also on Compadre.

I’ll blog separately about each new episode.

 

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