PhD, Northeastern University
Professor Zahopoulos holds a PhD in condensed matter physics from Northeastern and was Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Harvard. Most of his work in the past 20 years has focused on two fronts: 1) how students learn physics, and science, in general, and 2) how to bring about sustainable science education reform at the school and district level in K-12 through district/university and teacher/scientist partnerships.
His ultimate goal is to improve teaching and learning of physics (and science) at all levels, from elementary to graduate school and beyond using research findings on How People Learn. More specifically, his interests focus on studying and developing pre-assessment and formative assessment techniques that probe pre-/mis-conceptions in physics and on how to use them effectively to inform and improve instruction and learning.
415 Stearns Center