发表: 10月. 13, 2023

CU Boulder professors 挪亚芬克尔斯坦 of physics and 瓦莱丽•奥特罗 of 教育 have won the 2023 Svend Pedersen Award and Lecture from Stockholm University


Two experts in science 教育 at the bc体育下载 have won the Svend Pedersen Award and Lecture of 2023 for their “major and lasting” contribution to science 教育, 斯德哥尔摩大学宣布.

挪亚芬克尔斯坦他是物理学教授 瓦莱丽•奥特罗, 科学教育教授, 分享2023年的奖项,并计划于明年初在瑞典发表联合演讲.

Stockholm University bestows the Svend Pedersen Award and Lecture annually to a researcher who has made a “major and lasting contribution” within the fields of 数学ematics 教育 or science 教育 internationally. 

该奖项是自发的,旨在表彰他们对“教师教育实践”的共同贡献.” The cross-disciplinary collaboration between physics and 教育 “led to the development of the highly influential and successful Learning Assistant Program,斯德哥尔摩大学说. 

诺亚和瓦莱丽

诺亚·芬克尔斯坦和瓦莱丽·奥特罗

芬克尔斯坦和奥特罗都是物理/科学教育领域的主要研究人员, and both their individual and collaborative work has gained recognition internationally and inspired researchers at the Department of Teaching and Learning at Stockholm University,颁奖典礼上写道.

Finkelstein’s research focuses on university students’ interests and capacities in physics and also on 教育al transformations. 芬克尔斯坦是物理教育研究(PER)小组的负责人之一,也是创始联合主任, 与奥特罗, 铜的 STEM学习中心.

Otero的研究重点是学习环境的相互作用, 使学习更容易获得的教学团队和材料. Otero is the faculty director and co-founder of CU Boulder’s Learning Assistant Program and the International Learning Assistant Alliance.

Finkelstein’s research projects range from the specifics of students’ learning particular concepts to the departmental and institutional scales of sustainable 教育al transformation. 他的研究发表了150多篇论文.

他越来越多地参与教育政策,并于2010年在美国国会作证.S. bc体育下载STEM教育在本科和研究生阶段的现状. 他在许多国家委员会任职, 包括担任美国物理学会教育委员会和PER专题小组的主席.  

他是美国物理学会和美国科学促进会的会员, and a Presidential Teaching Scholar and the inaugural Timmerhaus Teaching Ambassador for the University of Colorado system.

解释他的研究重点, 芬克尔斯坦说, “在根, I see higher 教育 as a fundamental public good—advancing the lives of individuals and capacities of our societies more broadly. 从长远来看, I know of no better way to enhance societies and individuals' lives than to support the core missions of our colleges and universities, 并帮助他们实现他们对这些目标的承诺.” 

他承认还有很多工作要做. “这就是我的时间——通过教学和教育项目, 通过我的研究和学术工作, 通过我的专业服务努力. I particularly focus on higher 教育—colleges and universities—as these are a tremendous resource and lever for change in our broader 教育al system.”

部分原因是为了回应专家的警告,即该国在科学教育方面落后于国际同行, U.S. 在过去的二十年里,教育工作者重新把重点放在了科学上, 技术, 工程和数学(或STEM)教育. 这种重点反映在供资水平上, 国家话语, STEM项目, 学生人数, 学生的多样性,甚至教师的招聘趋势, 芬克尔斯坦说. 

I see higher 教育 as a fundamental public good—advancing the lives of individuals and capacities of our societies more broadly. 从长远来看, I know of no better way to enhance societies and individuals' lives than to support the core missions of our colleges and universities, 并帮助他们实现他们对这些目标的承诺.” 

二十年前, it was far less common to find discipline-based 教育 researchers—folks such as myself hired into disciplinary departments to conduct research on 教育 from within,他观察到, 他补充说,当他在2003年被聘用时, bc体育下载在这样的招聘上“非常有远见”. 

“现在,它变得更加普遍,CU已经成为这一领域的国际领导者, boasting researchers across a wide array of disciplinary departments focusing on 教育 and in schools of 教育 focusing on undergraduate science learning,他说. 

Finkelstein also notes that educators have broadened goals in their courses “to focus on the whole array of learning and 教育al practice, 而不是关注学生的概念理解和算法能力.” 

现在, 他补充说, “we are attending to how students think about our fields; what habits of mind they are developing; how we build inclusive environments and support a sense of belonging among the breadth of learners; who we are not including and why.”

另外, educators have also moved way from viewing their jobs as “fixing students” or addressing their "deficiencies" and now place greater emphases on the “systems that our learners are participating in to support their substantial capacities.”

Otero is internationally recognized for her foundational work with the Learning Assistant (LA) model and the International LA Alliance. The LA model was established in 2001 when Otero was hired by the bc体育下载 in 干教育 and as the first physics 教育 researcher at CU Boulder. 

她是总统教学学者,并担任美国国家航空航天局的顾问, 他是美国国家科学院委员会成员,也是美国物理学会会员, 她的团队在2019年获得了卓越物理教育奖,以表彰他们在洛杉矶模式上的工作. 

The LA model improves student success by increasing the diversity of CU Boulder’s instructional teams through the inclusion of pedagogically trained undergraduate LAs. 奥特罗的团队为教授和本科生提供持续发展的机会, 支持他们成长为教育领导者, 导师和最先进的教育创新者. 

“Working with LAs has helped me refresh my teaching strategies and resist the temptation to just do what's worked in the past,一位参加活动的教授评论道. “我喜欢帮助学生承担责任,增强对自己领导能力的信心, 反过来, 这段经历让我想起了教育更大的目的和目标.”

LAs rarely provide direct instruction; instead, 它们促进了群体互动, answer questions that students may be embarrassed to ask instructors and give general guidance such as how to study and where to find health care resources. 

他们与学生建立联系,为他们发声,关心他们,帮助他们学习. 学生们和教授们一起计划和思考, 提供有关学生如何体验课程的信息, 让学生更接近教授, 特别是在大课上. 

学习助理同时扮演同伴和教育者的角色, 这可能会打破学生心中由于正式界限而产生的心理障碍, 可能会阻止他们寻求帮助,因为他们害怕打扰教授或显得无能.”

 参与LA观察到, 他说:“教师既扮演同伴的角色,也扮演教育者的角色, 这可能会打破学生心中由于正式界限而产生的心理障碍, 可能会阻止他们寻求帮助,因为他们害怕打扰教授或显得无能.”

今天, bc体育下载每年雇佣大约400名助理教师, 服务20人以上,每年有1000名学生. Research shows that students who have experienced a STEM course with LAs are 60% more likely to succeed in subsequent STEM courses. 这种模式已经流行起来. 

世界各地的大学都意识到洛杉矶模式可以改变他们的机构, 建立持续提供高质量产品的持久能力, 教学指导. 

在这些设置中, 学生们感到被包容和重视,并且能够在课堂内外轻松地获得多种形式的支持. 成千上万的bc体育下载的学生成为了洛杉矶大学和洛杉矶大学的导师,成为了卓有成效的领导者, 教师及团队成员, 为日益多样化和跨学科的劳动力做好准备. 

10月. 27, 来自世界各地大学的教授将来到bc体育下载, 就像他们每年做的那样, 学习和分享bc体育下载洛杉矶模式的研究. 

Otero于2009年创立了学习助理联盟, 从那时起, 3人以上,来自28个国家560多所大学的1000多名教授加入了该组织. 奥特罗被邀请到挪威, 埃及, 日本和联合王国为国家一级采用LA模式提供指导和支持. 

Otero也因其在PEER物理学方面的基础性工作而闻名, a high school physics curriculum and teacher professional learning community adopted by high schools from Seattle to New York. 

“在上这门课之前,bc体育下载都很容易上当受骗, 但现在有证据支持bc体育下载,一位PEER物理系的学生说, 而另一个人指出, “这门课程为我提供了一个非常安全和有益的学习环境. This class is all about working with others and has really helped me learn the material—it has also lifted my spirits about the science subject in general.” 

一位同行物理老师说, “对等物理让那些以前在其他科学课堂上没有自主权的学生拥有了自主权. 它使他们能够掌控自己的学习,而不仅仅是被灌输信息. 我认为这挑战了他们的分析能力.” 

另一位老师说, “我认为如果PEER物理教师社区不存在, 我会放弃教育. 这让我坚持了下来,真正提升了我的生活,也提升了我学生的生活.” 

奥特罗在新墨西哥大学(University of New Mexico)学习了她的第一门物理课程后,在物理中找到了力量和快乐. “我一直热爱学习,”她说. “我爸爸总是教导bc体育下载,学习是一种伟大的特权, 我一生致力于为像我这样的学生提供积极的学习机会.” 

作为第一代大学生, Otero has first-hand knowledge about how a Hispanic woman can navigate physics and academia and achieve great success through a supportive community like CU Boulder. Otero says that she developed leadership skills by working at her parents’ grocery store and at the New Mexico State Fair since she was 12. 

bc体育下载工作23年后, 她继续与学习助理联盟和PEER物理学合作,寻找包括的方法, 而不是排斥, 物理学的人. 


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