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David Hammer

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Tufts University
Department of Education
Paige Hall, Office 204
Medford, MA 02155

Office: 617.627.2396

David Hammer

Department Chair
Professor of Education and Physics
Director of the Institute for Research on Learning and Instruction

  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, Science and Mathematics Education
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley, Physics
  • B.A., Princeton University, Physics

David started at Tufts in 1992, as an assistant professor of Education. He left in 1998 to be a professor of physics and curriculum & instruction at the University of Maryland, but he couldn't stay away—he's been back since 2010. His research is on learning and teaching in STEM fields, mainly physics, and at levels from K-16 and including in his own teaching—David teaches in Physics as well as in Education. Throughout he's focused on intuitive "epistemologies," how instructors interpret and respond to student thinking, and resource-based models of knowledge and reasoning.

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