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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

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

Assessment Instrument Information

Assessment Instrument Information
This web page, maintained by Bob Beichner, contains an extensive list of science assessment instruments and affective/attitudinal surveys. Information about the assessments, their development, their use, and results is included. This web page also provides instructions for accessing the assessments and ways to help preserve the integrity of the instruments.

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Physics Education Research Conference 2019
PERC 2018 will be held July 24-25, 2019 in Provo, UT.  The theme will be "Physics Outside of the Classroom: Teaching, Learning, and Cultural Engagement in Informal Physics Environments."

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Jul 12 The Undergraduate Research Student Self-Assessment (URSSA): Validation for Use in Program Evaluation
Jun 28 The Redirection: An Indicator of How Teachers Respond to Student Thinking
Jun 28 Engaging in Science: A Feeling for the Discipline
Jun 27 Gender differences in self-efficacy states in high school physics

Latest Discussion Posts

July 16 at 9:49 AM EST
Alexis Knaub posted People of Color (POC) in PER Discussion Space written summary to the US - AAPT Physics Education Researc... thread.

July 9 at 9:34 AM EST
Steve Maier posted PERC 2019 to the US - Solo Physics Education Researc... thread.

June 27 at 5:10 PM EST
Gina Passante posted Call for RiPE Sessions and Workshops for AAPT Summer 2020 in Grand Rapid... to the US - AAPT Physics Education Researc... thread.

June 26 at 9:08 PM EST
Wendy Adams posted PER Post-doc position in Colorado to the US - AAPT Physics Education Researc... thread.