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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

An Inquiry- and Laboratory-based Curriculum for the Introductory Algebra-based Physics Course

An Inquiry- and Laboratory-based Curriculum for the Introductory Algebra-based Physics Course
These inquiry- and laboratory-based modules by Beth Thacker are designed for an algebra-based introductory physics course. The modules are largely based on Workshop Physics techniques and include health science applications when appropriate.

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

Research Instruments

Magnetism Conceptual Survey

Magnetism Conceptual Survey
The Magnetism Conceptual Survey (MCS), developed by Singh and Li, is designed to evaluate students' conceptual understanding of magnetism up to Faraday's law. It is written for algebra- and calculus-based introductory courses.

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Announcing the PhysRev PER Statistical Modeling Review Committee
New committee will support high-quality statistical modeling techniques published and/or referenced in PhysRev PER. Committee chair and members will serve three-year terms.


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Physics Education Research Conference 2023
PERC 2023 will be held July 19-20, 2023 in Sacramento, California.  The theme will be "Working together to Strengthen the PER Community of Practice."

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May 21 Applying Conceptual Blending to Model Coordinated Use of Multiple Ontological Metaphors
May 20 A Framework for Analyzing Interdisciplinary Tasks: Implications for Student Learning and Curricular Design
May 19 University student conceptual resources for understanding energy
May 19 Resources-oriented instruction: What does it mean, and what might it look like?

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