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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.

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Browse the different PER groups and their descriptions on the PER Program Map.

For the Classroom

University of Pittsburg E&M Tutorial Series

University of Pittsburg E&M Tutorial Series
This set of research-based student tutorials cover the topics of Coulomb's Law, the superposition principle, and symmetry in electrostatics. The materials are appropriate for a calculus-based introductory physics course. Optional pre- and post-tests are available.

Find more PER-based Curricular Materials: Course Packages | Student Activities | Pedagogy Guides

Research Instruments

Quantum Mechanics Survey

Quantum Mechanics Survey
The Quantum Mechanics Survey, developed by Singh and Zhu, is designed to evaluate students' conceptual understanding of quantum mechanics in junior-level courses.

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PER Events PER-Central Announcements RSS

FFPER: Puget Sound 2018
The fourth FFPERPS (Foundations and Frontiers of Physics Education Research: Puget Sound) conference will be held June 16-19, 2018 at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center about 60 miles east of Burlington, WA.

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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Mar 14 An Overview on Research on Gender and Under-Represented Ethnicities in Physics Education
Mar 2 2017 Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings
Mar 2 The use of epistemic distancing to create a safe space to sensemake in introductory physics tutorials
Mar 1 Negative quantities in mechanics: a fine-grained math and physics conceptual blend?