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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.

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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

Determining and Interpreting Resistive Electric Circuit Concepts Test

Determining and Interpreting Resistive Electric Circuit Concepts Test
DIRECT, developed by Engelhardt and Beichner, is designed to evaluate students' reasoning regarding direct current resistive electric circuits. The test may be administered to students 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 23 Using changes in framing to account for differences in a teacher’s classroom behavior
Jul 23 Mrs. Miller’s Evolution in Teaching Science as Inquiry
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

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