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Reviews in PER

Over the past two decades, the PER community has developed a number of effective instructional strategies for calculus-based university physics classes.

This review article helps to bring a set of those results to the instructional community:

Peer Instruction: Engaging Students One-on-One, All At Once
by C. H. Crouch, J. Watkins, A. P. Fagen, and E. Mazur.

Find more articles that help to bridge research and practice in Volume 1 of Reviews in PER.

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PhysPort

PhysPort
The PhysPort helps physics educators apply PER results, assessments, and the teaching methods based on these results.

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Research Instruments

Colorado Upper Division Electrostatics (CUE) Asssessment

Colorado Upper Division Electrostatics (CUE) Asssessment
The Colorado Upper Division Electrostatics (CUE) Asssessment is designed to test student understanding of core learning goals in junior-level E&M. It consists of a 17-item open-ended test with optional 9-item pretest.

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Physics Education Research Conference 2018
PERC 2018 will be held August 1-2, 2018 in Washington, DC.  The theme will be "Having Wonderful Ideas: Connecting the Content, Outcomes, and Pedagogies of Physics."

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Dec 31 Expanded Markers of Success in Introductory University Physics
Dec 31 Exploring the relationship between self-efficacy and retention in introductory physics
Oct 25 Modeling theory applied: Modeling Instruction in Introductory Physics
Oct 25 Modifying the test of understanding graphs in kinematics

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