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Physics Department

Location: 180-204
Phone: (805) 756-2448
Fax: (805) 756-2435
Chair: Jennifer Klay

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Stamatis Vokos

Stamatis Vokos


Office: 25-127
Phone: 805-756-2306


  • Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley, 1990
  • M.A., University of California, Berkeley, 1985
  • B.Sc., University of Kent, Canterbury, U.K., 1984

Research Questions

  • How do students (from Kindergarten to graduate school) construct their physics understanding of the world? What productive conceptual, epistemological, and cultural resources do they bring to the classroom that can serve as the basis for rich learning? What instructional environments allow authentic engagement with the practices of physics? Which teaching perspectives and dispositions about teaching and learning help instructors engage with their students’ ideas?
  • What changes to learning systems offer learning opportunities to all students?
  • How can the specialized knowledge that teachers use in physics classrooms be operationalized, measured, and developed?  

Interested in being part of a community that loves struggling to unlock the puzzles of physics learning? Conduct Physics Education Research with us! I am actively recruiting students to be engaged in our grant-funded projects.


If you’d like to learn more about me or my work in and out of the classroom, feel free to drop by my office for coffee or send me an email. I’d love to see you and hear from you.

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