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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.


Respectful PER Reviews

This document, prepared by journal editors and PER community members, grew out of conversations that brought attention to the negative impact particular reviews have had on community members. These conversations precipitated a survey inviting community members to share their experiences of the PER journal review process. This 2-page survey summary issues recommendations on the basis of our interpretations. We focus on respectful reviewing and do not comprehensively address reviewing practices writ large.

PER Programs

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Browse the different PER groups and their descriptions on the PER Program Map.

For the Classroom

Intermediate Mechanics Tutorials

Intermediate Mechanics Tutorials
This web site provides small-group learning materials for teaching intermediate mechanics. The physics is Newtonian with very little Lagrangian formalism. Materials are a mix of conceptual, mathematical, and problem solving University of Washington-style tutorials, as well as related research results, examination questions, and suggested course outlines.

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

Research Instruments

Representational Variant of the Force Concept Inventory (R-FCI)

Representational Variant of the Force Concept Inventory (R-FCI)
The R-FCI, developed by Nieminen, Savinainen, and Viiri, is designed to investigate students' ability to interpret multiple representations consistently in the context of four force concepts: Newton's first, second, and third laws, and gravitation. It is based on nine FCI items that have been redesigned using various representations (such as motion map, vectorial, and graphical).

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PER Events PER-Central Announcements RSS

FFPER: Puget Sound 2020
The fifth FFPERPS (Foundations and Frontiers of Physics Education Research: Puget Sound) conference will be held June 18-21, 2020 at the North Cascades Environmental Learning Center.

Physics Education Research Conference 2020
PERC 2020 will be held July 22-23, 2020 in Grand Rapids, Michigan.  The theme will be "Insights, Reflections, & Future Directions: Emergent Themes in the Evolving PER Community."

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Apr 2 A perspective on Interactive Lecture Demonstrations as a computer supported collaborative learning (CSCL) activity
Mar 24 Teaching Physics with Basketball
Mar 16 Five Tips for Integrating Khan Academy in Your Course
Mar 16 Replacing Lab Report Grading by Online Lab Quizzes

Latest Discussion Posts

April 1 at 2:55 PM EST
Geoff Potvin posted PERLOC Statement on COVID-19 and Summer planning to the US - AAPT Physics Education Researc... thread.

March 24 at 4:43 PM EST
Steve Maier posted PER Town Hall (virtual) to the US - Solo Physics Education Researc... thread.

March 18 at 1:40 PM EST
Alexis Knaub posted APS Group on Data Science- free data science ed webinar to the US - Solo Physics Education Researc... thread.

March 13 at 12:46 PM EST
Steve Maier posted Deadline Extension for 2020 PERC Abstract Submission to the US - Solo Physics Education Researc... thread.