Education research is our focus
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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Reviews in PER
Volume 2 of Reviews in PER is dedicated to helping researchers get started in Physics Education Research.
In this review article, a member of the PER community presents an overview of an area of PER:
Regulations and Ethical Considerations for Working with Human Participants in Physics and Astronomy Education Research
by J. C. Antonellis, E. Brogt, S. R. Buxner, E. F. C. Dokter, and T. Foster.
Find more articles introducing PER research methods in Volume 2 of Reviews in PER.
Browse the different PER groups and their descriptions on the PER Program Map.
For the Classroom
SEI: Upper-division Electrostatics (E&M I) Course Materials
This web site contains the research-based curricular materials on junior-level Electricity and Magnetism developed by the University of Colorado Science Education Initiative group. This course is the first semester of a two-semester course covering electro- and magneto-statics and closely follows the standard text by David Griffiths, "Introduction to Electrodynamics." The materials provided include concept tests, homework questions, tutorials, lecture notes, instructor guides, and the results of studies of student difficulties with the class.
Assessment Instrument Information
This web page, maintained by Bob Beichner, contains an extensive list of science assessment instruments and affective/attitudinal surveys. Information about the assessments, their development, their use, and results is included. This web page also provides instructions for accessing the assessments and ways to help preserve the integrity of the instruments.
Latest Discussion Posts
October 17 at 1:23 PM EST
Luke Conlin posted PERTG Mini-Grants Fall 2016 deadline extended to Monday, October 24 to the US - AAPT Physics Education Researc... thread.
October 6 at 9:07 AM EST
Luke Conlin posted Reminder: PERTG minigrant proposals due *tomorrow*, October 7 to the US - AAPT Physics Education Researc... thread.
September 8 at 12:45 PM EST
Luke Conlin posted PERTG Mini-Grants Fall 2016 Request for Proposals - Due Oct 7th to the US - AAPT Physics Education Researc... thread.