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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.

Features

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

Open Source Tutorials in Physics with Teaching Assistant Development

Open Source Tutorials in Physics with Teaching Assistant Development
This set of guided inquiry tutorials covers 13 topics regularly covered in introductory physics. The authors also provide supporting materials to help teachers make modifications and train TAs in their use.

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Research Instruments

Attitudes and Approaches to Problem Solving Survey

Attitudes and Approaches to Problem Solving Survey
The AAPS, developed by Mason and Singh, is designed to evaluate students' attitudes and approaches towards physics problem solving. The survey is based on investigations of responses from introductory physics students, graduate students, and faculty members. It expands upon the Attitudes towards Problem Solving survey (Marx and Cummings, 2007) to consider approaches to problem solving and different levels of problem solving expertise.

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