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Bringing new energy to physics education
“I want to change how people think about physics, but also how we teach physics.”
Danny Caballero is leading an effort to revolutionize how physics is taught at the college level. The Michigan State University associate professor of physics education and his colleagues have studied how students learn in different environments and have created curricula that leverage student interaction and knowledge.
Their research-based, student-first learning model is garnering international attention while improving courses and growing MSU’s strength in STEM education. And it comes at an ideal time, as enrolled credit hours in science, technology, engineering and math-related courses at MSU have increased by 38 percent in the last decade.
“I could have gone anywhere to teach undergraduates, but here at MSU, I am part of my students’ journeys,” says Caballero. “We’re learning from one another. And seeing them achieve their goals is the most rewarding part of my job.”