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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.

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.

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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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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

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