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Abstract Title: Who we study, who we teach
Abstract: How confident should I be that a published PER result will be useful in my classroom?  To a large extent this depends on how similar my students are to the students who have been described by the research.  Based on published results, I have tried to categorize the student populations that have been studied by physics education researchers.  I will compare these students to data about who takes introductory physics courses, and what courses they take.  In general, the students we study are taking more advanced classes and are better prepared than the overall introductory course population.  Our research focus on a select student population has been beneficial because it has demonstrated the usefulness of research-based curriculum development.  Moving forward, the PER community needs to better understand the needs and challenges of more typical student populations.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Targeted Session: Research directions in PER: Past, present, and future

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Stephen Kanim
New Mexico State University