Dr. Eric Mazur, internationally sought after speaker and thought leader in education, will be the Mary Nixon Speaker for its 2018 class of National STEM Scholars.
An international leader in innovative practices in higher education, Dr. Mazur pioneered peer Instruction, an evidence-based, interactive teaching method he popularized at Harvard in the early 1990s and is now practiced globally across multiple academic disciplines. Peer Instruction is a student-centered approach to teaching that flips the traditional classroom and transfer of information for retention and deeper learning. His teaching methods have garnered a large national and international following.
Dr. Mazur is the Balkanski Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Harvard University, the first recipient of the $500,000 Minerva Prize for Advancements in Higher Education, the author of several books and the author or co-author of nearly 300 scientific publications.
Dr. Mazur’s topic, “Assessment: The Silent Killer of Learning,” will explore how assessment fails to focus on skills relevant to life in the 21st century. He notes that “Unless we rethink our approach to assessment, it will be very difficult to produce meaningful change in education.”
The National STEM Scholar program annually selects 10 middle school science teachers from across the country to participate in a week-long advanced development program. Created in partnership between the National Stem Cell Foundation and The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science at WKU, the National STEM Scholar program focuses on “training the trainers,” with the long-term goal of inspiring the next generation of STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) students nationwide.