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Physics Education Research and Development Group

Welcome to the NC State Physics Education Research Group! Our faculty members and numerous graduate students constitute one of the most well-known and respected PER Groups in the nation. Historically, we have made significant contributions to the field in assessments such as TUG-K and BEMA; we have made curricular contributions, such as the development and implementation of the Matter and Interactions curriculum; and we have developed the SCALE-UP studio classroom environment. Our faculty and graduate students have also contributed to the development of WebAssign and visualization programs such as VPython and VideoGraph. The new APS journal, Physical Review Special Topics: Physics Education Research is based here.

We are a large group with varied interests including assessments, problem-solving, visualization, and pedagogical and curricular reform. If you're interested in joining or visiting us, please don't hesitate to contact us!






News & Events:

Three awards for Professor Beichner
Robert Beichner was named the North Carolina Professor of the Year by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. He was also named United States Undergraduate Science Teacher of the Year by the Society for College Science Teachers and the National Science Teachers Association.

Dr. Beichner recently received the 2011 McGraw Prize in Education, sometimes referred to as equivalent to the "Nobel Prize of Education." Here's a video about his award.

Professor Paesler joins the group
Former NCSU Physics Department Head Michael Paesler has joined the group. He is developing and investigating the effectiveness of take-home instructional labs.

Professor Beichner back from sabbatical
Robert Beichner spent the fall 2010 semester at Virginia Tech as an American Council on Education Fellow. During the spring he worked half-time at Western Carolina University.

Professors Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood retire
The PERD group wishes Ruth Chabay and Bruce Sherwood a happy retirement in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Both Chabay and Sherwood retain emeritus status with the university.

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