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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.

Community Resources

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Respectful PER Reviews

This document, prepared by journal editors and PER community members, grew out of conversations that brought attention to the negative impact particular reviews have had on community members. These conversations precipitated a survey inviting community members to share their experiences of the PER journal review process. This 2-page survey summary issues recommendations on the basis of our interpretations. We focus on respectful reviewing and do not comprehensively address reviewing practices writ large.

PER Programs

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

For the Classroom

SEI: Upper-Division Electrodynamics (E&M 2) Course Materials

SEI: Upper-Division Electrodynamics (E&M 2) Course Materials
This web site contains a complete suite of resources suitable for the second semester of an upper-division undergraduate electricity and magnetism class. The materials include clicker questions, in-class activities, homework problems, and assessments.

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

Research Instruments

Symmetry and Gauss's Law Conceptual Evaluation

Symmetry and Gauss's Law Conceptual Evaluation
The Symmetry and Gauss's Law Conceptual Evaluation, developed by Chandralekha Singh, is a research-based multiple-choice test designed to evaluate students' conceptual understanding of symmetry and Gauss's Law. The test is appropriate for research in calculus-based introductory physics courses or upper-level undergraduate E&M courses.

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FFPER: Puget Sound 2020
The fifth FFPERPS (Foundations and Frontiers of Physics Education Research: Puget Sound) conference will be held June 18-21, 2020 at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center.

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Oct 31 Evaluation of the Impact of the New Physics Curriculum on the Conceptual Profiles of Secondary Students
Oct 24 Validation and administration of a conceptual survey on the formalism and postulates of quantum mechanics
Oct 11 Gain in learning the force concept and change in attitudes toward Physics in students of the Tonala High School
Oct 10 The Precalculus Concept Assessment: A Tool for Assessing Students’ Reasoning Abilities and Understandings

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