Professor of the Practice
- B.A. Yeshiva University 1954 [mathematics & physics]
- M.A. Columbia University 1957 [physics]
- Ph.D. New York University 1963 [physics]
Judah L. Schwartz is currently
Professor of the Practice and Research Professor
of Physics and Astronomy at Tufts University where he directs a large NSF-supported
project on science education for middle-school
and elementary school teachers. He is also Emeritus Professor of Engineering Science
and Education at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Emeritus Professor of
Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. He was trained in theoretical
physics and mathematics and did research for some years in the area of atomic physics.
In the course of that research, he and his colleagues developed a variety of computer
graphics techniques that proved to be useful in the teaching of mathematics and science.
His current research interests include the design of microcomputer software environments
to improve the teaching and learning of science and mathematics and the application of
cognitive science techniques to the study of mathematics and science education.
He has been a visiting Professor at universities in France, Italy and Israel, has
consulted and lectured widely in this country and abroad and has published extensively
in the area of educational technology. He is the author or co-author of many software
environments including The Semantic Calculator, The Algebraic Proposer, M-SS-NG L-NKS:
A Game of Letters & Language, What Do You Do With A Broken Calculator?, The Geometric
Supposer, Calculus Unlimited, Sir Isaac Newton's Games, and The Newtonian Sandbox.
He has a long standing interest in alternative modes of assessment and has edited
reports entitled "The Prices of Secrecy: The Social, Intellectual and Psychological
Costs of Current Assessment Practice" and "
Assessing Mathematics Understanding & Skills Effectively". Recent
publications include a book-length case study of educational reform entitled "The
Geometric Supposer; What Is It A Case Of?" and "Software Goes to School: Teaching for
Understanding in the Age of Technology".