4th International Symposium of Engineering Education
As part of the 4th International Symposium of
Engineering Education, Educating the
Engineers of Tomorrow, Professor Eric Mazur from Harvard
University will give a talk, Educating the Innovators of the 21st Century.
Mazur will discuss how shifting focus in lectures from simply delivering
information, to team work and creative thinking, greatly improves the learning
that takes place in the classroom and promotes independent thinking. He leads a vigorous
research program in optical physics and supervises one of the largest research
groups in the Physics Department at Harvard University.
to his work in optical physics he is interested in education, science policy,
outreach, and the public perception of science. He believes that better science
education for all, not just science majors, is vital for continued scientific
progress. He devotes part of his research group's efforts to
education research and finding verifiable ways to improve science education. In
1990 he began developing peer instruction, a method for teaching large lecture
classes interactively. Mazur's teaching method has a large global following and
has been adopted across many science disciplines.
Educating the Innovators of the 21st Century takes place from 19-20 July 2012 at the University of Sheffield. Professor Mazur’s talk is 18 July, St George’s Church,
part of the University of Sheffield at 16.30.