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Abstract Title: Benefits of Solo PER and Strategies to Encourage and Support it. A Roundtable Discussion
Abstract Type: Custom Format
Abstract: PER makes important contributions to education research. Much PER takes place at R1 institutions, however considerable education in physics in takes place in high schools and primarily undergraduate institutions (PUI). Research into physics education at high schools and PUI is often conducted by individuals or small groups. In this session we will explore the nature and environment of Solo PER, PER conducted by individual researchers and small groups. Investigations in Solo PER experience several barriers to conducting research and offer exceptional opportunities to contribute to the store of STEM education knowledge from a more instructionally intensive situation and a diverse population. The session will open with a brief introduction of Solo PER, the difficulties faced by researchers, the benefits of Solo PER, how it contributes to inclusivity for our students, the case for more support, and strategies for providing that support. The session will proceed to a roundtable discussion about attendees' perspectives, experiences, and ideas for the future. We plan to conclude with time for networking and informal conversations. We welcome all members of the PER community while actively encouraging people that self-identify as Solo PER to this roundtable discussion.
Session Time: Parallel Sessions Cluster II
Room: Governor's Room

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Raymond Zich
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790
Phone: 309-438-7009
and Co-Presenter(s)
Andrew Mason, University of Central Arkansas
Rebecca Rosenblatt, National Science Foundation, EHR/HDR
Steve Maier, Northwestern Oklahoma University
Amber Sammons, South Fork Jr/Sr High School, IL

Parallel Session Information

Format Description: The session will start out with a series of brief informal presentations on aspects and environments of Solo PER, PER at small colleges, Solo PER at PUI, Solo PER in high schools, PER in relation to training high school teachers and conducting PER in high schools. The difficulties and benefits if Solo PER will be presented and some strategies for supporting and encouraging Solo PER and researchers offered. The session will transition to an open/roundtable discussion among all attendees and panel members about Solo PER, examples and anecdotes about Solo PER and proposal and evaluation of mechanisms to improve Solo PER. The discussion will be facilitated with guiding questions. We plan to conclude with time for networking and informal conversations.
Moderator: Raymond Zich, Illinois State University