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Open Source Tutorials in Physics with Teaching Assistant Development

Open Source Tutorials in Physics with Teaching Assistant Development
This set of guided inquiry tutorials covers 13 topics regularly covered in introductory physics. The authors also provide supporting materials to help teachers make modifications and train TAs in their use.

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Research Instruments

Attitudes and Approaches to Problem Solving Survey

Attitudes and Approaches to Problem Solving Survey
The AAPS, developed by Mason and Singh, is designed to evaluate students' attitudes and approaches towards physics problem solving. The survey is based on investigations of responses from introductory physics students, graduate students, and faculty members. It expands upon the Attitudes towards Problem Solving survey (Marx and Cummings, 2007) to consider approaches to problem solving and different levels of problem solving expertise.

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Physics Education Research Conference 2015
PERC 2015 will be held July 29-30, 2015 in College Park, MD.  The theme will be "Critical examination of laboratory-centered instruction and experimental research in physics education."

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Apr 24 Student Use of a Single Lecture Video in a Flipped Introductory Mechanics Course
Apr 24 2014 Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings
Apr 16 Factors that affect the physical science career interest of female students: Testing five common hypotheses
Apr 16 Using an isomorphic problem pair to learn introductory physics: Transferring from a two-step problem to a three-step problem

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