For the past 25 years, Edward Redish's work has focused on physics education. He and his collaborators have contributed to the use of computers in physics education, cognitive modeling of student thinking in physics, and the role of student expectations and epistemologies in their learning of physics. Recently, his work has focused on the development of a new introductory physics course for life science students (biology majors and pre-health care professionals).
Professor Redish is the recipient of numerous awards. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society, the AAAS, the American Association of Physics Teachers, and the Washington Academy of Science. His awards for his work in education include the Robert A. Millikan Medal from the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT), the NSF Director's award as a Distinguished Teaching Scholar, the medal of the International Commission of Physics Education (ICPE), the AAPT's Oersted Medal, and the American Physical Society's Excellence in Physics Education Award. He is a UMD Distinguished Scholar-Teacher.