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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

Physics Education Research User's Guide

Physics Education Research User's Guide
The PER User's Guide helps physics educators apply PER results and the teaching methods based on these results.

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Research Instruments

Determining and Interpreting Resistive Electric Circuit Concepts Test

Determining and Interpreting Resistive Electric Circuit Concepts Test
DIRECT, developed by Engelhardt and Beichner, is designed to evaluate students' reasoning regarding direct current resistive electric circuits. The test may be administered to students in algebra- or calculus-based introductory physics courses.

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FFPER: Puget Sound 2016
The third FFPERPS (Foundations and Frontiers of Physics Education Research: Puget Sound) conference will be held June 16-19, 2016 at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center in Diablo, WA.

Physics Education Research Conference 2016
PERC 2016 will be held July 20-21, 2016 in Sacramento, CA.  The theme will be "A Methodological Approach to PER."

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May 26 Development of the Newtonian Gravity Concept Inventory
May 26 Student Understanding of Gravity in Introductory College Astronomy
May 26 Introductory thermal concept evaluation: assessing students' understanding
Mar 18 Teacher Characteristics and Student Learning in Secondary Science