College of Science

Ximena Cid [University of Washington]

SEMINAR — Physics Education Research: How do Visual/Spatial Cognitive Skills Impact the Learning Process?

Jan 22, 2015 10:50 AM to Jan 22, 2015 12:00 PM at Building 8, Room 241

Ximena CidThere is evidence that suggest that the development of visual-spatial cognitive skills is critical for the success of students in courses like physics. There is, however, little research that looks at how students develop these skills. This talk will discuss findings from engineering education that depict positive impact on the retention of women and underrepresented students and how these findings can be applied to physics departments. It will also discuss specific cognitive load interventions, that are being tested at the University of Washington, that are aimed at helping students understand difficult abstract ideas in introductory physics courses.


10:50 a.m. Refreshments

11:00 a.m. Seminar

Noon         Lunch with speaker (students only!) in Physics Club Room

Building 8 - Room 241

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