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Dr. Stephen Klassen (Retired)

Physics


Stephen KlassenAssociate Professor (Retired)

Ph.D. (Manitoba, 2002)

E-Mail: s.klassen@uwinnipeg.ca


RESEARCH INTERESTS:Research in physics education has recently emerged as a field of scholarly inquiry by physicists. Their work is greatly expanding our knowledge of how students learn physics and it has the potential for making a contribution to significant improvements in instruction. A major approach in instructional enhancement is the integration of history of science into curriculum and instruction. To assist in achieving these purposes, an inter-university research group, the History and Philosophy of Science in Science Education Research Group was formed, comprised of faculty from the University of Winnipeg and the University of Manitoba. The objective of this research group is to develop science stories, historical case studies, large context problems, scientific narratives, and other contexts to help science teaching become more effective. This group also maintains strong links with research in education in other sciences.
History & Philosophy of Science in Science Education Research Group.

Publications (peer reviewed):

  • 2010 Niaz, M., Klassen, S., McMillan, B., & Metz, D. Leon Cooper’s Perspective on Teaching Science: An Interview Study, Science & Education 19(1), 39–54.
  • 2010 Niaz, M., Klassen, S., McMillan, B., & Metz, D. A Historical Reconstruction Of The Photoelectric Effect And Its Implications For General Physics Textbooks. Science Education (in press), published online January 14, 2010, DOI 10.1002/sce.20389.
  • 2010 Klassen, S. The Relation of Story Structure to a Model of Conceptual Change in Science Learning. Science & Education 19(3), 305–317.
  • 2010 Klassen, S. Introduction. Interchange 41(4), in press.
  • 2010 Klassen, S. & Dietrich, S. Physics Comes to Winnipeg: The 1909 Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Interchange 41(4), in press.
  • 2010 Heering, P. & Klassen, S. (2010). Doing it differently: attempts to improve Millikan’s oil-drop experiment. Physics Education 45(4), 382–393.
  • 2009 Klassen, S. The Photoelectric Effect: Reconstructing the Story for the Physics Classroom, Science & Education (in press), published online November 10, 2009, DOI 10.1007/s11191-009-9214-6.
  • 2009 Klassen, S. Identifying and Addressing Student Difficulties with the Millikan Oil Drop Experiment. Science & Education 18(5), 593–607.
  • 2009 Klassen, S. The Construction and Analysis of a Science Story: A Proposed Methodology, Science & Education 18(3–4), 401–423.
  • 2007 Metz, D., Klassen, S., & McMillan, B. Integrating Science Curricula in the Middle School: Utilizing Historical Perspectives. Canadian Journal of Science and Technology Education 7(4), 401–416.
  • 2007 Klassen, S. The Application of Historical Narrative in Science Learning: The Atlantic Cable Story. Science & Education, 16(3–5), 335–352.
  • 2007 Metz, D., Klassen, S., McMillan, B., Clough, M., & Olson, J. Building a Foundation for the Use of Historical Narratives. Science & Education, 16(3–5), 313–334.
  • 2006 Klassen, S. Contextual Assessment in Science Education: Background, Issues, and Policy, Parts 1 & 2. Science Education, 90(5), 820–851.
  • 2006 Klassen, S. The Science Thought Experiment: How Might it be Used Profitably in the Classroom? Interchange, 37(1-2), 77–96.
  • 2006 Klassen, S. A Theoretical Framework for Contextual Science Teaching. Interchange, 37(1-2), 31–62.
  • 2006 Klassen, S., & Stinner, A. Editorial: Context and Thought Experiments in Science Learning. Interchange, 37(1-2), 3–5.
  • 2003 Stinner, A., McMillan, B., Metz, D., Jilek, J., & Klassen, S. The Renewal of Case Studies in Science Education. Science & Education, 12(7), 617–643.

Book Chapters

  • 2007 Klassen, S. (2007). Pedagogical Renewal of the Millikan Oil Drop Experiment. In P. Heering & D. Osewold, Eds., Constructing Scientific Understanding through Contextual Teaching, Berlin: Frank & Timme, 83–96.

Papers Presented at Scholarly Meetings or Conferences

  • 2010 Metz, D., Klassen, S., & McMillan, B. The story of wind: what do student generated questions tell us? Paper presented by first author on behalf of collaborators at the 1st Latin American Conference of the International History, Philosophy, and Science Teaching Group, Sao Sebastiao, Brazil, 19 – 21 Aug. 2010.
  • 2010 Klassen, S., Niaz, M., Metz, D., McMillan, B., & Dietrich, S. Portrayal of the photoelectric effect in laboratory instructions. Invited paper presented by first author on behalf of collaborators at the 8th International Conference on the History of Science in Science Education, Sao Sebastiao, Brazil, 16 – 19 Aug. 2010.
  • 2009 Niaz, M., Klassen, S., McMillan, B., & Metz, D. Reconstruction of the History of the Photoelectric Effect and Its Implications for General Physics Textbooks. Paper presented at the 10th International History, Philosophy, and Science Teaching Conference, Notre Dame University, USA, June, 2009.
  • 2009 Niaz, M., Klassen, S., McMillan, B., & Metz, D. Leon Cooper’s Perspective on Teaching Science: An Interview Study. Paper presented at the 10th International History, Philosophy, and Science Teaching Conference, Notre Dame University, USA, June, 2009.
  • 2009 Klassen, S. The Photoelectric Effect: Rehabilitating the Story for the Physics Classroom. Paper presented at the 10th International History, Philosophy, and Science Teaching Conference, Notre Dame University, USA, June, 2009.
  • 2008 Klassen, S. The Photoelectric Effect: Rehabilitating the Story for the Physics Classroom. Paper presented at the Second International Conference on Story in Science Teaching, Munich, Germany, July, 2008.
  • 2008 Dietrich, S., & Klassen, S. Physics Comes to Winnipeg: The 1909 Meeting of the British Association for the Advancement of Science. Paper presented at the Second International Conference on Story in Science Teaching, Munich, Germany, July, 2008.
  • 2008 Heering, P., & Klassen, S. Troublesome droplets: Evaluating students’ experiences with the Millikan oil drop experiment. Invited paper presented at the Seventh International Conference for the History of Science in Science Education, Athens, Greece, July, 2008.
  • 2007 Klassen, S. The Construction and Analysis of a Science Story: A Proposed Methodology. Plenary paper presented at the Ninth International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Conference, Calgary, June, 2007.
  • 2007 Metz, D., Klassen, S., & McMillan, D. Integrating Science Curricula in the Middle School: Utilizing Historical Perspectives. Paper presented at the Conference of the Manitoba Education Research Network, University of Manitoba, February, 2007.
  • 2006 Klassen, S. Does a Science Story Have Heuristic Power to Promote Learning? Paper presented at the First International Conference on Story in Science Teaching, Munich, Germany, July, 2006.
  • 2006 Stinner, A., & Klassen, S. The Role of Quicksilver in the History of Science. Paper presented at the First International Conference on Story in Science Teaching, Munich, Germany, July 2006.
  • 2006 Klassen, S. The Pedagogical Renewal of the Millikan Oil Drop Experiment. Paper presented at the Sixth International Conference for the History of Science in Science Education, Oldenburg, Germany, July, 2006.
  • 2006 Osewold, D., Heering, P., Klassen, S., & Stinner, A. Project ‘e’. Paper presented at the Sixth International Conference for the History of Science in Science Education, Oldenburg, Germany, July, 2006.
  • 2005 Klassen, S. What are Units of Historical Presentation? Presentation at the Conference on Units of Historical Presentation in the Science Classroom, Winnipeg, December, 2005.
  • 2005 Klassen, S. Providing Context for Science Learning Through its History: Lord Kelvin and the Atlantic Cable Story. Paper presented at the Eighth International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Conference, Leeds, July, 2005.
  • 2005 Metz, D., Clough, M., Klassen, S., McMillan, B., & Olson, J. Conference symposium & paper: Building a Foundation for the Use of Historical Narratives. Paper presented at the Eighth International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Conference, Leeds, July, 2005.
  • 2004 Klassen, S. Measuring e: Making it Meaningful for Students. Paper presented at the Workshop on Units of Historical Presentation, Munich, Germany, July, 2004.
  • 2004 Klassen, S. Concepts of the Electron. Paper presented at the Fifth International Conference for History of Science in Science Education, Keszthely, Hungary, July, 2004.
  • 2003 Klassen, S. The Science Thought Experiment: How Might it be Used Profitably in the Classroom? Paper presented at the Seventh International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Conference, Winnipeg, July, 2003. (Invited plenary session paper)
  • 2003 Klassen, S. A Theoretical Framework for Contextual Science Teaching. Paper presented at the Seventh International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Conference, Winnipeg, July, 2003. (Invited symposium paper)
  • 2001 Klassen, S. The Role of Context in Technology and Science Education. Paper presented at the Fourth International Seminar for History of Science in Science Education, Winnipeg, July, 2001. (Invited paper)
  • 2001 Stinner, A., McMillan, B., Metz, D., Jilek, J., & Klassen, S. Contexts, Stories and History in the Science Classroom. Paper presented at the Sixth International History, Philosophy and Science Teaching Conference, Denver, USA, 2001.
  • 2000 Klassen, S. A Theoretical Framework for Using Stories in Science Education. Paper presented at the Third International Semi­nar for History of Science in Science Education, Munich, Germany, August, 2000. (Invited paper)
  • 1998 Klassen, S., McMillan, B., Metz, D. & Stinner, A. Historical Case Studies in the Science Classroom, from Early Years to University: Archimedes, Rumford, Ohm, and Lord Kelvin. Paper presented at the Second International Seminar for History of Science in Science Education, Munich, Germany, August, 1998. (Invited paper)
  • 1998 Klassen, S., Metz, D., McMillan, B., & Stinner, A. (1998). Historical Case Studies for the Science Classroom. Paper presented at the Meeting of the Canadian Society for History and Philosophy of Science, Ottawa, 1998.