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Abstract Title: Defining "research validation" for PER users and researchers
Abstract: The PER User's Guide (http://perusersguide.org), a website to help physics instructors apply the results of physics education research (PER) in their classrooms, includes guides to over 50 PER-based teaching methods. We are developing summaries of the "research validation" behind each of these methods. However, there is no consensus in the PER community about what this term means. There are many challenges and critiques of even the most commonly cited definitions of "research validation," and no definition seems appropriate to every context. In this interactive poster, we will present some common definitions, along with challenges, critiques, requirements, and contexts in which each definition may or may not be appropriate. We will solicit feedback, definitions, and concerns from the community.
Footnote: This material is based upon work supported by the National Science Foundation under Grant No. 0840853.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Sarah B. McKagan
American Association of Physics Teachers
and Co-Presenter(s)
Amy D. Robertson, Seattle Pacific University