Relating Cognitive Research to Teaching and Learning In Physics

Jose Mestre
Departments of Physics and Educational Psychology
University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign
PSB 160/161, 4:00-5:00pm

Several studies conducted in our lab are presented that shed light on what students attend to when performing cognitive tasks in physics. The studies, drawing from a variety of methodologies from the learning sciences, aim to understand the obstacles to, and factors facilitating, competent performance.  The findings from some of the studies debunk biases/hunches that science professors have about what students do, and the audience will very likely find several of the findings surprising.  Pedagogical implications of the findings will be discussed.