Michael Wittmann

Professor of Physics

Cooperating Professor of Education

Member of the Center for Research in STEM Education and Member of the Physics Education Research Laboratory (PERL)

223 Bennett Hall
(207) 581.1237
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  • Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park, 1998
  • M.S., University of Maryland, College Park, 1996
  • B.S., Duke University, Durham, North Carolina, 1993

Research Interests

  • student knowledge: student reasoning in physics, including studying student use of mathematics in advanced physics
  • teacher knowledge: teacher reasoning in the physical sciences, including the interactions between content knowledge, knowledge of student ideas, assessment, and teaching
  • learning sciences: building models that account for student performance in answering physics questions
  • qualitative research methods in PER: discourse analysis and gesture analysis

For more information about my work, visit my website, the Physics Education Research Laboratory website, and my physics department home page.

To find publications, click here.