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Richard Steinberg

Professor
Program Director, Science Education

School/Division

School of Education

Department

Secondary Education: Science Education

Affiliated Departments

Physics

Office

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  • Profile

    Richard Steinberg is Professor in the School of Education and the Department of Physics and Program Director of Science Education at City College of New York since 1999. He received a Ph.D. in applied physics and a secondary teaching certificate from the Teacher Preparation Program from Yale University. For more than 20 years his scholarship has been on research and development of physics / science education, innovative instruction, teacher education, and outreach to local schools. He has published dozens of books, refereed articles, and curricula and has received funding from the National Science Foundation, the Fund for the Improvement of Postsecondary Education, the National Academy of Education, and the Eisenhower Higher Education Professional Development Program. Topics have ranged from elementary school science to quantum mechanics; from curriculum development to teacher education. He is a former Spencer Postdoctoral Fellow and CCNY Teacher of the Year. During sabbatical in 2007-08, he was a full time science teacher in a public high school in New York City.
  • Education

    Teacher Certification, City College of New York (2007)
    Ph.D., Applied Physics, Yale University (1992)
    Teacher Certification, Teacher Preparation Program, Yale University (1992)
    M.S., Physics, Yale University (1987)
    B.S., Physics and Mathematics, State University of New York at Binghamton (1986)

  • Courses Taught

    UNDERGRADUATE
    PHYS 20700:        Introductory calculus-based physics 1
    PHYS 20800:        Introductory calculus-based physics 1
    PHYS 31406:        Understanding science: Optics
    PHYS 31407:        Understanding science: Astronomy
    PHYS 32100:        Modern physics
    SCI 31491:          Principals of physical science
    FIQWS 10047:      Understanding science through understanding the universe

    GRADUATE
    EDSE 3100E:       Teaching strategies in secondary science
    EDSE 3900I:        Curriculum and instruction in science education
    EDSE 0202I:        Master’s Project: Science
    EDSE 0600G:       Student Teacher Supervision
    PHYSE 1401E:     Development of Knowledge of Physics 1
    PHYSE 1402E:     Development of Knowledge of Physics 2
    SCIE 0400E:         Laboratory and Demonstration Techniques in Physical Science
    SCIE 1403E:         Physical Science for Middle School Teachers 1
    SCIE 1404E:         Physical Science for Middle School Teachers 2

  • Research Interests

    Science, physics education: research and development aimed at improving how students learn physics/science;innovative instruction;teacher education;outreach.

  • Publications

    “Understanding and affecting science teacher candidates’ scientific reasoning in introductory astrophysics,” R.N. Steinberg and S. Cormier, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 9, 020111 (2013).

    “Where the rubber meets the road,” R.N. Steinberg, The Huffington Post, (2012) http://www.huffingtonpost.com/richard-steinberg/post_2880_b_1217235.html.

    “An inquiry into science education, where the rubber meets the road,” R.N. Steinberg, Rotterdam NL: Sense Publishing (2011).

    "The twin twin paradox: Exploring student approaches to understanding relativistic concepts,” S. Cormier and R.N. Steinberg, Phys. Teach. 48, 598-601 (2010).

    “CLUSTER: University-Science Center Partnership for Science Teacher Preparation,” L.J. Saxman, P. Gupta, and R.N. Steinberg, The New Educator 6, 280-296 (2010).

    “Probing student understanding of scientific thinking in the context of introductory astrophysics,” R.N. Steinberg, S. Cormier, and A. Fernandez, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 5, 020104 (2009).

    “Away from the ivory tower: Real challenges teaching high school physics in an urban environment,” R.N. Steinberg, invited article in Forum on Education Newsletter, American Physical Society (Fall, 2008).

    “Activity-Based Tutorials: Vol. 1. Introductory Physics,” M.C. Wittmann, R.N. Steinberg, and E.F. Redish, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2004).

    “Activity-Based Tutorials: Vol. 2. Modern Physics,” M.C. Wittmann, R.N. Steinberg, and E.F. Redish, John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2004).

    “Effects of computer-based laboratory instruction on future teachers’ understanding of the nature of science,” R.N. Steinberg, J. Comp. Math. Sci. Teach. 23:1, 185-205 (2004).

    “Understanding and affecting student understanding about sound waves,” M.C. Wittmann, R.N. Steinberg, and E.F. Redish, Inter. J. Sci. Ed. 25, 991-1013 (2003).

    “Physics education research-based reform at a multicultural institution,” R.N. Steinberg and K. Donnelly, Phys. Teach. 40, 108-114 (2002).

    “Investigating student understanding of quantum physics: Spontaneous models of conductivity,” M.C. Wittmann, R.N. Steinberg, and E.F. Redish, Am. J. Phys. 70, 218-226 (2002).

    “From students to teachers: Understanding how teachers learn and teach science,” R.N. Steinberg and S.A. Rosenberg, invited article National Society of Black Physicists Newsletter (Fall, 2001).

    “Research-based instructional software in modern physics,” R.N. Steinberg and G.E. Oberem, J. Comp. Math. Sci. Teach. 19:2, 115-136 (2000).

    “Physics education research and instructional reform beyond the introductory level,” R.N. Steinberg, invited article in Forum on Education Newsletter, American Physical Society (Fall, 2000).

    “Computers in teaching science: To simulate or not to simulate?” R.N. Steinberg, Phys. Ed. Res. Suppl. to Am. J. Phys. 68, S37-S41 (2000).

    “Teaching physics: Figuring out what works,” E.F. Redish and R.N. Steinberg, Phys. Today 52(1), 24-30 (1999).

    “Making sense of how students make sense of mechanical waves,” M.C. Wittmann, R.N. Steinberg, and E.F. Redish, Phys. Teach. 37, 15-21 (1999).

    “The influence of student understanding of classical physics when learning quantum mechanics,” R.N. Steinberg, M.C. Wittmann, Lei Bao, and E.F. Redish, invited session on Research on the Teaching and Learning of Quantum Sciences, NARST Annual Meeting, Boston, March, 1999; published at www.phys.ksu.edu/perg/papers/narst/.

    “An investigation of student understanding of single-slit diffraction and double-slit interference,” B.S. Ambrose, P.S. Shaffer, R.N. Steinberg, and L.C. McDermott, Am. J. Phys. 67, 146-155 (1999).

    “Photoelectric Tutor,” G.E. Oberem and R.N. Steinberg, Physics Academic Software, American Institute of Physics (1998).

    “Student expectations in introductory physics,” E.F. Redish, J.M. Saul, and R.N. Steinberg, Am. J. Phys. 66, 212-224 (1998).

    “Performance on multiple-choice diagnostics and complementary exam problems,” R.N. Steinberg and M.S. Sabella, Phys. Teach. 35, 150-155 (1997).

    “The distribution and change of student expectations in introductory physics,” E.F. Redish, R.N. Steinberg, and J.M. Saul, invited presentation published in AIP conference proceedings 399, 689-697 (1997).

    “Mathematical tutorials in introductory physics,” R.N. Steinberg, M.C. Wittmann, and E.F. Redish, invited presentation published in AIP conference proceedings 399, 1075-1092 (1997).

    “On the effectiveness of active-engagement microcomputer-based laboratories,” E.F. Redish, J.M. Saul, and R.N. Steinberg, Am. J. Phys. 65, 45-54 (1997).

    “Development of a computer-based tutorial on the photoelectric effect,” R.N. Steinberg, G.E. Oberem, and L.C. McDermott, Am. J. Phys. 64, 1370-1379 (1996).

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