Helen Quinn talks about K-12 science education on March 12

by Linda Hubbard Gulker on March 10, 2012

SLAC Professor Emerita Helen Quinn

On Monday, theoretical physicist and SLAC Professor Emerita Helen Quinn will present “A Framework for K-12 Science Education,” based on her work as chair of a National Academy of Sciences committee. Her talk will begin at 4:15 p.m. in Panofsky Auditorium on the SLAC campus in Menlo Park, with refreshments served beforehand at 3:45 p.m.

Quinn’s  framework “identifies the key scientific practices, concepts, and ideas that all students should learn by the time they complete high school.” Current research in education finds students learn better when they understand how new information fits with what they already understand, according to Quinn.

Countries where students do best are those where students gain a more coherent, thorough understanding of a few major ideas over time, she says. It gives them context, and they can relate it to concepts and information with which they’re already familiar and comfortable.

SLAC colloquia are intended for a general audience and are free and open to the public.

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