Dr. Shulamit Kapon (Shuly) is an associate professor of physics education at the Faculty of Education in Science and Technology, where she leads the physics education track. She is also one of the incoming associate editors (as of January 2020) of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching.
Shuly was trained as a physicist at the Technion (B.A. cum laude and M.Sc.), as a physics education researcher at the Weizmann Institute of Science (M.Sc. and Ph.D., recipient of the Feinberg Graduate School Dean’s Prize for Outstanding Ph.D. Students), and as a learning scientist at the University of California Berkeley (Postdoc). She was also a physics teacher for many years, teaching gifted students in accelerated classes, mainstream students preparing for the Israeli matriculation exams in physics, struggling students in special classes, adult students at the Technion pre-academic center, and in-service teachers through the National Center of Physics Teachers at the Weizmann Institute of Science. This experience constantly feeds into her research and academic teaching.
Shuly believes that physics and mathematics at the secondary school level as well as the introductory undergraduate level can be within the reach and interest of a larger pool of learners than they are today, and that research in physics and mathematics education can (and should) play a central role in achieving this goal.
Her current work mainly focuses on students’ sensemaking of and with physics, and the development and appropriation of disciplinary-based epistemic practices and habits of mind. She leads the Technion’s preservice physics teacher education, and within this context she is involved in research and development that aims to nurture future physics teachers’ competencies and self-efficacy to practice teaching as a design and facilitation of learning, and become life-long-learners.
Shuly’s work has been funded by the Israel Science Foundation, the European Community, The Israeli Ministry of Education, and The Trump Foundation.
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