The Meaningful-Disciplinary-Based Learning research group is part of the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology at the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, and is led by Dr. Shulamit Kapon, an associate professor of physics education.
We are interested in the interrelations between teaching, instructional design and students’ learning in physics education. Related areas of study include explanations and sensemaking, scientific and epistemic practices, and teacher education.
The main theoretical thrust of our research is to better understand how learners’ appropriate scientific models, tools, and habits of mind, come to think with them, employ them to make sense of the natural world, and evaluate their own self-generated explanations. Our studies unpack these learning processes in physics education (and to some extent also in mathematics education), identify and articulate how different features of teaching in the form of classroom instruction, mentoring research and tutoring, as well as the design-features of curricula, tools, and activities cultivate (or inhibit) this appropriation. The underlying assumption that guides our 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.
One of the key goals of the research conducted in the lab is to improve physics education in Israel and elsewhere. Hence, we also design, lead and study innovative curriculum development as well as preservice and in-service physics teacher education that aims to empower teachers by nurturing their sense of agency and their efficacy to actively shape their students’ learning.
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.
Dr. Shulamit Kapon, Associate Professor of Physics Education
Phone: +972-4-829-3110 (office), +972-54-6727522 (mobile)
Address: Faculty of Education in Science and Technology, Technion – Israel Institute of Technology, Technion City, Haifa 3200003, Israel