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Finkelstein, Noah Professor

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Research

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  • Finkelstein is a director of the Physics Education Research group at CU, one of the largest research groups of its kind. He is PI of many grants to create and study conditions that support students’ interest and ability in physics. His theoretical and experimental research focuses on understanding the role of context in student learning of physics. These research projects range from the specifics of learning (how do students use representations, simulations, or analogies to learn physics?) to the course (how do we effectively modify our courses?) and institutional scales (what models exist for sustainable transformation?). He leads the CU-Boulder's AAU STEM Education Initiative; one of 8 sites nationally. Finkelstein co-directs of the Center for STEM Learning, which spans 14 departments & 6 colleges at CU, and is a national hub. He launched and studies a national Network of STEM Education Centers and is creating a national cross-disciplinary education research community.

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  • physics education research, contextual foundations of learning, systemic and structural components of education and educational transformation, use of material (simulation) and intellectual (representation) tools in learning physics, teacher preparation, practices, and perspectives in physics, student perspectives in learning quantum mechanics, gender gaps in physics, sustaining and scaling physics education reforms

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Teaching

courses taught

  • EDUC 4460 - Teaching and Learning Physics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Learn how people understand key concepts in physics. Through examination of physics content, pedagogy and problems, through teaching, and through research in physics education, students will explore the meaning and means of teaching physics. Students will gain a deeper understanding of how education research is done and how people learn. Useful for all students, especially for those interested in physics, teaching, and education research. Same as EDUC 5460 and PHYS 4460 and PHYS 5460.
  • EDUC 5460 - Teaching and Learning Physics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Learn how people understand key concepts in physics. Through examination of physics content, pedagogy and problems, through teaching, and through research in physics education, students will explore the meaning and means of teaching physics. Students will gain a deeper understanding of how education research is done and how people learn. Useful for all students, especially for those interested in physics, teaching, and education research. Same as EDUC 4460 and PHYS 4460 and PHYS 5460.
  • PHYS 2130 - General Physics 3
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2018 / Fall 2018 / Fall 2019
    Covers special relativity, quantum theory, atomic physics, solid state and nuclear physics. Third semester of introductory sequence for science and engineering students. Physics majors should take PHYS 2170 instead of this course. Normally taken with PHYS 2150. Degree credit not granted for this course and PHYS 2170.
  • PHYS 4460 - Teaching and Learning Physics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Learn how people understand key concepts in physics. Through examination of physics content, pedagogy and problems, through teaching, and through research in physics education, students will explore the meaning and means of teaching physics. Students will gain a deeper understanding of how education research is done and how people learn. Useful for all students, especially for those in interested in physics, teaching and education research. Same as PHYS 5460 and EDUC 4460 and EDUC 5460.
  • PHYS 5460 - Teaching and Learning Physics
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2019
    Learn how people understand key concepts in physics. Through examination of physics content, pedagogy and problems, through teaching, and through research in physics education, students will explore the meaning and means of teaching physics. Students will gain a deeper understanding of how education research is done and how people learn. Useful for all students, especially for those interested in physics, teaching, and education research. Same as PHYS 4460 and EDUC 4460 and EDUC 5460.

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