Eugenia Etkina is a Distinguished Professor of Science Education at the Graduate School of Education at Rutgers University
She holds a PhD in physics education from Moscow State Pedagogical University and has 38 years of experience teaching physics. She is a recipient of the 2014 Millikan Medal, awarded to educators who have made significant contributions to teaching physics by the American Association of Physics Teachers and of the 2010 AAAS award for the best science teaching technology resource for the physics website that she co-developed with D. Brookes.
In 1988, while teaching in Russia, she created a system in which students learn physics using processes that mirror scientific practice. The approach was enriched by her collaboration with A. Van Heuvelen in 2000 which led to the development of Investigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE)– a unique approach that engages students in learning physics by practicing it from the first day of class.
The ISLE approach is implemented in the textbook “College Physics: Explore and Apply” by Etkina, Planinsic and Van Heuvelen and supporting Active Learning Guide and Instructor Guide. The book and other ISLE-based curriculum materials are used in US, Canada, Mexico, Slovenia, Croatia, Sweden, Indonesia, Kenya, and many other countries.