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

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SEI: Upper-division Electrostatics (E&M I) Course Materials

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.

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Research Instruments

Assessment Instrument Information

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.

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Physics Education Research Conference 2017
PERC 2017 will be held July 26-27, 2016 in Cincinnati, OH.  The theme will be "Mathematization and Physics Education Research."

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Dec 29 2016 Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings
Dec 29 Teachers' explanations of student difficulties with gravitational potential energy
Dec 29 Theoretically Framing a Complex Phenomenon: Student Success in Large Enrollment Active Learning Courses
Dec 29 Developing student attitudes in the first-year physics laboratory

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