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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.

PER Programs

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Browse the different PER groups and their descriptions on the PER Program Map.

For the Classroom

Intermediate Mechanics Tutorials

Intermediate Mechanics Tutorials
This web site provides small-group learning materials for teaching intermediate mechanics. The physics is Newtonian with very little Lagrangian formalism. Materials are a mix of conceptual, mathematical, and problem solving University of Washington-style tutorials, as well as related research results, examination questions, and suggested course outlines.

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

Research Instruments

PhysPort: Research-Based Assessments
PhysPort's collection of research-validated physics and astronomy learning assessments and science appreciation surveys are available for many topics and levels of student, from high school through upper division. Information is provided on the goal and structure of each assessment, research results, and best practices for using the assessments. The assessment database also includes the Data Explorer service that analyzes assessments results and compares to national outcomes. Access to the assessments is restricted to verified physics and astronomy educators and researchers.

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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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