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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.

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

For the Classroom

An Inquiry- and Laboratory-based Curriculum for the Introductory Algebra-based Physics Course

An Inquiry- and Laboratory-based Curriculum for the Introductory Algebra-based Physics Course
These inquiry- and laboratory-based modules by Beth Thacker are designed for an algebra-based introductory physics course. The modules are largely based on Workshop Physics techniques and include health science applications when appropriate.

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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 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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Jun 15 University Modeling Instruction
Jun 15 Writing good negative reviews
Jun 15 Design and validation of a two-tier questionnaire on basic aspects in quantum mechanics
May 28 Multidimensional Item Response Theory and the Conceptual Survey of Electricity and Magnetism

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