Physics Colloquium

"Physics education research in higher education: What can we learn from the top cited papers in the Physical Review?"

Presented by Charles Henderson, Western Michigan University

Tuesday, February 19, 2019, 3:30 pm — Large Seminar Room, Bldg. 510

The journal Physical Review Physics Education Research was started in 2005 as the archival research journal for the field of Physics Education Research (PER). In this talk I will identify some important findings from the field of PER based on highly cited articles from the journal. For example, there is strong evidence that in typical physics courses many students do not learn the core concepts of the discipline; student beliefs about physics become less expert like; and there is a significant gender gap, with men outperforming women. Many PER-based instructional strategies can improve student knowledge and some instructional strategies can improve student beliefs. However, implementation of these strategies is low because the field often uses ineffective dissemination strategies.

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