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Welcome to PER-Central, a resource collection for physics education researchers. Here you may find articles, theses and dissertations, research groups, curricular material, and news and events of interest to the PER Community. Learn more about PER-Central.

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Physics Education Research User's Guide

Physics Education Research User's Guide
The PER User's Guide helps physics educators apply PER results and the teaching methods based on these results.

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Research Instruments

Determining and Interpreting Resistive Electric Circuit Concepts Test

Determining and Interpreting Resistive Electric Circuit Concepts Test
DIRECT, developed by Engelhardt and Beichner, is designed to evaluate students' reasoning regarding direct current resistive electric circuits. The test may be administered to students in algebra- or calculus-based introductory physics courses.

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Physics Education Research Conference 2015
PERC 2015 will be held July 29-30, 2015 in College Park, MD.  The theme will be "Critical examination of laboratory-centered instruction and experimental research in physics education."

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Apr 26 Testing Tutorials in Upper-Division: An Example from Quantum Mechanics
Apr 26 Is it Disadvantageous to Teach Forces First in Mechanics?
Apr 26 Examining the Use of PhET Interactive Simulations in US College and High School Classrooms
Apr 26 Exposure to Underrepresentation Discussion: The Impacts on Women’s Attitudes and Identities

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