Thursday, May 2, 2013

Science Magazine - Special Section on Science Education

Some blog followers might be interested in a recent post “Science Magazine - Special Section on Science Education” [Hake (2013)]. The abstract reads:

ABSTRACT: Articles in Science’s “Special Section on Science Education” are listed at and are FREE after registration at Bruce Alberts, in his lead editorial “Prioritizing Science Education” at wrote (paraphrasing and adding URL’s): “Most college faculty have not yet faced up to the urgent need to improve on the standard one-size-fits-all lecture format - see 'Grand Challenge: Undergraduate Teaching: Transformation is Possible If a University Really Cares' [Mervis (2013)] at”

Unfortunately, aside from Mervis’ (2013) panegyric to the education research of physics Nobelist Carl Wieman, Science makes no mention of Physics Education Research (PER), even despite the Science article “Teaching in a research context” [Wood & Gentile (2003)] at They wrote: “Physics educators have led the way in developing and using objective tests to compare student learning gains in different types of courses, and chemists, biologists, and others are now developing similar instruments. These tests provide convincing evidence that students assimilate new knowledge more effectively in courses including active, inquiry-based, and collaborative learning, assisted by information technology, than in traditional courses.”

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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University
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“There is substantial evidence that scientific teaching in the sciences, i.e., teaching that employs instructional strategies that encourage undergraduates to become actively engaged in their own learning, can produce levels of understanding, retention, and transfer of knowledge that are greater than those resulting from traditional lecture/lab classes. But widespread acceptance by university faculty of new pedagogies and curricular materials still lies in the future.”
- Robert DeHaan (2005)

REFERENCES [URL shortened by and accessed on 02 May 2013.]
DeHaan, R.L. 2005. “The Impending Revolution in Undergraduate Science Education,” Journal of Science Education and Technology 14(2): 253-269; online as a 152 kB pdf at

Hake, R.R. 2013. “Science Magazine - Special Section on Science Education,” online on the OPEN! Net-Gold archives at Post of 02 May 2013 10:24:00-0700. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to several discussion lists.

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