A thoughtful approach to instruction: Course transformation for the rest of us

April 13, 2011

I keep meaning to write a post about my most recent publication in the Journal of College Science Teaching:  A Thoughtful Approach to Instruction (downloads seem to be free).  The program I’m part of at the University of Colorado is the Science Education Initiative.  Started by Carl Wieman when he got the Nobel Prize for […]

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Why people make stupid decisions: Behavioral Economics

December 15, 2009

One of the things that’s puzzling to anyone, and especially us logic-oriented scientists, is how people can look at strong evidence and seemingly ignore it.  They go with their gut, or what they think they know, instead of the data staring them in the face. This is the basis of a huge amount of work […]

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Sucky schools and how to repair them

August 15, 2008

Here’s a fantastic post from An Amazing Mind about the state of mathematics education and what can be done about it.  A very nice review of education reform and the reasons for it.  He starts out: A musician wakes from a terrible nightmare. In his dream he finds himself in a society where music education […]

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