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About Dewey I. Dykstra

Dr. Dykstra has built an impressive body of work focused on improving students’ understanding of science and physics. He began his career as a high school teacher, eventually earning his doctorate. Since coming to Boise State University in 1981, Dr Dykstra has published and presented extensively in the areas of physics education. As a part of his work he has developed and taught a variety of courses including “Alternative Conceptions in Science,” a three credit hour course for secondary science teachers. In 2005 he was one of about five professors chosen to participate in the Science for Monks project, a scientific knowledge and methods workshop requested by His Holiness Dalai Lama. Dr. Dykstra continues to be an active member of the American Association of Physics Teachers, receiving the AAPT Distinguished Service Citation in 2008, and named Fellow of the American Association of Physics Teachers (F-AAPT).


Present Professor Emeritus, Boise State University Department of Physics

Curriculum Vitae


Research Interests

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Honors and Awards

  • American Association of Physics Teachers Distinguished Service Citation, January, 2008
  • Editorial Board Member, Constructivist Foundations
  • Executive Committee Member of the Founding Board of Directors, Discovery Center of Idaho


  • PHYSIC 497/597: Alternative Conceptions in Science
  • PHYSCI 297: Teaching and Learning Physical Science in Context
  • PH 497: Constructing Reality
  • PH 594: Concepts in Elementary Physical Science: Helping Students Understand

Contact Information

Physics Department
MP 420
Boise State University
Boise, ID 83725-1570

Articles (17)

Books (1)

Contributions to Books (3)

Unpublished Papers (2)

Selected Invited Presentations (4)