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Guy & Rebecca Forman Lecture In Science Education

Thursday, October 26, 2017,
  • Location: 4327 Stevenson Center TN
  • Room: 4327

Mary James (A. A. Knowlton Professor of Physics & Dean for Institutional Diversity, Reed College) 

What Does Access Really Mean?

Access to education for prospective physics majors is more than permission to walk through the doors or sit in a classroom. Providing true access means creating a learning environment that anticipates the challenges to learning that students from different backgrounds and identities, particularly those from groups underrepresented in physics, bring to the classroom. In this talk Professor James will present findings from neuroscience, cognitive psychology, social psychology, and physics education research that suggest a new paradigm for physics courses and advising of prospective physics majors focused on increasing the persistence of students from all backgrounds and identities interested in the discipline.

Lecture begins at 4 PM in SC 4327. Reception is at 3:30 PM in SC 6333.

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