Beatty, Ian D.

Research Assistant Professor of Physics
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As of January 2009, Prof. Beatty has moved to the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where he is Assistant Professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.

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Prof. Beatty earned a Ph.D. in Physics Education Research in 2000, the first PER doctoral degree awarded by the UMass Physics Department. He became a postdoctoral research associate and, in 2006, a research faculty member in the UMass Scientific Reasoning Research Institute. Since 2000 he has participated in several research projects and supported the institute's general operations and technical infrastructure.

Prof. Beatty's areas of expertise and interest include physics, educational research, and information technology. He is particularly interested in the intersection between pedagogy and technology. He has developed computer software, web sites, and dynamic web applications to support both instruction and research. He currently manages Teacher Learning of Technology-Enhanced Formative Assessment, a five-year, US$2.5M project funded by the US National Science Foundation to study teacher learning and professional development related to formative assessment and "classroom communication systems."

Since 1992, Beatty has collaborated with Prof. Gerace on international outreach work to South Africa, Argentina, Cyprus, Uganda, Scotland, Singapore, and Switzerland, presenting or co-presenting talks, workshops, and classes, and consulting on research projects. He has been a visiting lecturer at the Universidad Nacional de Córdoba in Argentina and the University of Fort Hare in South Africa.

Prof. Beatty likes travel, ethnic food, photography, wilderness sports, and finding new ways to think about things.

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