Normalized gain, g, has been the standard statistic in PER for the past two decades, but its statistical properties haven’t been explored until recently. Continue reading To use g or not to use g? That is the question.
Arguably one of the most significant papers in physics education, this paper gave strong evidence in favor of active learning over traditional lecture courses. Continue reading The Original Case for Active Learning
DATs are a new way to create long-term, sustainable changes in an academic department. Continue reading What’s DAT? A new approach to departmental change
Men score better than women do on physics conceptual inventories and the reasons aren’t straightforward. Continue reading What can explain the gender gap on conceptual inventories?
Lecture courses have been extensively studied but lab courses have not been. Are students developing the beliefs we would expect them to in lab courses? Continue reading What do students think about experimental physics?
Students learn astronomy informally through various forms of media. How does this inform their ideas about the fate of universe? Continue reading What do students think will happen to the universe?
Math is essential to solving physics problems. Does improving students’ math skills help them do better in physics? Continue reading Can Math Tutorials Improve Physics Grades?
Traditional lecture courses leave students with more negative attitudes about physics when they finish the course than when they begin. Modeling Instruction may be different. Continue reading Maybe students can complete introductory physics and still have a positive view of physics
It may be obvious that physics professors and introductory students solve physics problems differently. However, how they differ may not be so obvious. Continue reading What makes a physics problem similar to another: professors vs students
Physics and Chemistry are similar in terms of prerequisites, difficulty, and admission standards. So why do more women chose chemistry instead of physics? Continue reading Why choose physics over another science?