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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

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.

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Research Instruments

Brief Electricity and Magnetism Assessment

Brief Electricity and Magnetism Assessment
The Brief Electricity and Magnetism Assessment (BEMA), developed by Chabay and Sherwood, assesses student understanding of basic electricity and magnetism concepts. It is written for college-level calculus-based introductory physics courses.

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FFPER: Puget Sound 2024
The fifth FFPERPS (Foundations and Frontiers of Physics Education Research: Puget Sound) conference will be held June 20-23, 2024 at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center.

Physics Education Research Conference 2024
PERC 2024 will be held July 10-11, 2024 in Boston, Massachusetts.  The theme will be "Bridging the Institutional Gap: PER at Primarily Undergraduate Four Year Institution, Two-Year College, and K-12 Levels."

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Jan 12 Empirical investigations of learning and teaching, part II: Developing research-based instructional materials
Jan 12 Empirical investigations of learning and teaching, part I: Examining and interpreting student thinking
Jan 11 Identifying student conceptual resources for understanding physics: A practical guide for researchers
Dec 21 An Introduction to Computer Simulation Methods Third Edition (revised)