Learning in a changing world: Evidence, innovation and creative thinking in education


Carl Wieman

Stanford University

Professor Emeritus


Carl Wieman is an Emeritus Professor of Physics and Education at Stanford University. He has been widely recognized for experimental research in both atomic physics (Nobel Prize 2001 and other awards) and university science and engineering education (Carnegie University Professor of the Year 2004, Yidan International Prize for Education Research 2020). Wieman directed the Science Education Initiatives at the Universities of Colorado and British Columbia which produced large scale change in the teaching of science. He also served as Associate Director for Science in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from 2010 to 2012. He founded PhET, which provides interactive simulations that are used nearly a million times a day to learn science, and he has written a book “Improving how universities teach science.” He is studying problem solving expertise in science and engineering, as well as general ways to improve university student learning in science and engineering.

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