The Meaningful-Disciplinary-Based Learning research group is situated at the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Our studies examine meaningful learning experiences within a disciplinary context, specifically, the instruction and learning of physics.
An underlying assumption that guides the work is that sensemaking and meaning making processes are derived from the nature, structure, norms and content of the discipline that is being learned, as well as the learner’s knowledge, emotional state, interest, and needs. Thus, the unit of analysis includes the learner, teacher, peers and the learning environment at various temporal scales. In a meaningful learning process, emotion and cognition work in synergy, and the learner not only develops cognitively but also grows personally and emotionally. We study learning processes of students and teachers in which they gradually change the way they interpret situations and phenomena in physics and in physics classrooms, adapt, appropriate and start to think independently through disciplinary-based models, representations and technology. We investigate learning processes and develop curricula and instructional patterns that generate this learning, and well as teacher education interventions that lead to such instruction.
Postdocs and graduate students who are passionate about STEM education, have a solid background in physics and mathematics, and are interested in doing educational research in STEM, are warmly invited to apply.
- Teacher education
- Knowledge and interaction
- Conceptual change
- Analogical reasoning
- Learning engagements
- Teachers as designers of learning