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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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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.
Browse the different PER groups and their descriptions on the PER Program Map.
For the Classroom
Intuitive Quantum Physics
This web site provides small-group learning materials for teaching wave physics and modern physics to non-science-majors. Observation, qualitative analysis, and graphical representations are used to introduce interference, discuss energy and probability, and explain bound states, spectroscopy, modeling of molecules, and tunneling.
Magnetism Conceptual Survey
The Magnetism Conceptual Survey (MCS), developed by Singh and Li, is designed to evaluate students' conceptual understanding of magnetism up to Faraday's law. It is written for algebra- and calculus-based introductory courses.
Workshop on the status of the Upper-division Physics Curriculum
June 5-7, 2014
Oregon State University
Physics Education Research Conference 2014
PERC 2014 will be held July 30-31, 2014 in Minneapolis, MN. The theme will be "Outpacing New Technologies with Novel Pedagogies: The Role of PER in the Transforming Landscape of Higher Education."