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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.

PER Programs

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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.

Find more PER-based Curricular Materials: Course Packages | Student Activities | Pedagogy Guides

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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PER Events PER-Central Announcements RSS

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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Latest Additions Latest Additions to PER-Central RSS

Feb 22 Developing a quantum mechanics concept inventory
Feb 10 University of Pittsburgh: PER Publications, Tools, and Strategies
Feb 10 Hands-on Problems focusing on Physics Concepts
Feb 10 Web-based Interactive Problem Solving Tutorials for Introductory Physics

Latest Discussion Posts

March 19 at 4:35 PM EST
Mel Sabella posted PERTG grants due March 30, 2015 to the US - AAPT Physics Education Researc... thread.

March 13 at 11:37 AM EST
Eleanor Sayre posted PERTG grants due March 27 to the US - AAPT Physics Education Researc... thread.

September 9 at 8:08 PM EST
MacKenzie Stetzer posted PERLOC Conference Scholarships Available: Deadline of October 1, 2013 to the US - AAPT Physics Education Researc... thread.

April 3 at 10:46 AM EST
MacKenzie Stetzer posted PERLOC Mini-grants and Scholar-in-Residence Grants Available: Deadline ... to the US - AAPT Physics Education Researc... thread.