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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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The PhysPort helps physics educators apply PER results, assessments, and the teaching methods based on these results.

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Research Instruments

Energy Concept Assessment

Energy Concept Assessment
The Energy Concept Assessment, developed by Lin Ding, is designed to evaluate students' conceptual understanding of energy in algebra- or calculus-based introductory physics courses.

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Physics Education Research Conference 2019
PERC 2018 will be held July 24-25, 2019 in Provo, UT.  The theme will be "Physics Outside of the Classroom: Teaching, Learning, and Cultural Engagement in Informal Physics Environments."

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Jul 12 The Undergraduate Research Student Self-Assessment (URSSA): Validation for Use in Program Evaluation
Jun 28 The Redirection: An Indicator of How Teachers Respond to Student Thinking
Jun 28 Engaging in Science: A Feeling for the Discipline
Jun 27 Gender differences in self-efficacy states in high school physics

Latest Discussion Posts

July 18 at 6:06 PM EST
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July 17 at 9:46 AM EST
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July 17 at 9:37 AM EST
Vashti Sawtelle posted PERTG Newsletter, SM 19 Edition to the US - AAPT Physics Education Researc... thread.