Oleg Yavoruk, a professor at the Department of Physics and General Engineering, Yugra State University participated in the AAPT Winter Meeting: American Association of Physics Teachers held on January 6-9, San Diego, CA, USA.

The meeting was attended by over 800 participants: school and university teachers, students from a diversity of countries like the US, Austria, Argentina, Germany, India, Republic of Ireland, Canada, China, South Korea, Mexico, Pakistan, Singapore, Slovenia, Finland, Chile, Switzerland, Sweden, Japan and others.

In his speech, Dr. Yavoruk told the audience about models of cognition employed during the physics training process. Physics teaching experience in the Russian educational system arouses heightened interest in the United States. One may visit the Association's website to familiarize with the delivered papers of Dr. Yavoruk and other attendees as well as with the meeting program.

Since 2002 the professor has taught Physics, Physics of Environment, Concepts of Modern Natural Sciences, Modern Scientific Worldview at Yugra State University. In 1995 he graduated from Chelyabinsk State Pedagogical University with a Ph.D. degree in Physics Teaching Methodology having defended his thesis on "Integrative Course of Natural Science in High School" (under the academic supervision of A. Usov, member of the Russian Academy of Education). In 2001 he defended his doctoral thesis on "Theoretical and Methodological Foundations of Creating Integrative Courses in School Natural Science Education", majoring in Theory and Methodology of Physics Teaching. In 2002 Dr. Yavoruk was conferred an academic title of assistant professor at the Department of Natural and Mathematical Education.

English version by Azat Garipov.