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PER Annual Meeting

American Association of Physics Teachers Event
Jul 23, 2008 - Jul 24, 2008 in Edmonton, Canada

The PERC 2008 Theme will be Physics Education Research with Diverse Student Populations.

In the last ten years, the use of research-based instructional materials has moved well beyond the traditional research university.  There are two reasons for this: (1) individuals in PER are moving from positions as graduate students and post docs at research universities to beginning faculty positions at a wide variety of colleges and universities and (2) the instructional materials developed by the PER community are being used by more and more faculty members outside of PER, at their home institutions.

Despite the fact that the use of these materials is so widespread there is relatively little data documenting the effectiveness of these materials with different populations of students.  In this session we encourage those who are using research-based instructional materials with non-traditional students at either the pre-college level or the college level to share their experiences as instructors and researchers in these classes.

By inviting researchers from the education community, who specialize in these issues, we hope to establish a dialog between a diverse group of researchers in an effort to align the results from research with the instructional goals of the physics education community.