Foundations and Frontiers of Physics Education Research

August 15-19, 2005 Bar Harbor, Maine



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Foundations and Frontiers of Physics Education Research is a new conference venue for specialists who are active researchers in the field of physics education. This intensive week-long residential meeting will provide a forum for examining and articulating the current state of the field, exploring future directions, and discussing ways to pursue the most promising avenues for future research.

The conference features a series of plenary lectures given by established and emerging leaders in PER. Each will address the theme of Foundations and Frontiers by synthesizing major accomplishments in the field and/or speculating on the directions they consider especially important and promising. Afternoons will be devoted to unscheduled time for informal discussions. Evening sessions will include working groups on subjects of community-wide interest, topical groups for specific research issues, and a contributed poster session. The goal of the conference is to foster the type of direct and intense discussion possible in a small residential meeting of specialists.


The campus of the College of the Atlantic, in Bar Harbor, Maine.
Pictures are available here but do not show the waterfront view.
A map of the area is found here.

Brief review of the conference:

Summary comments about the 2005 meeting were published in the Fall, 2005, American Physical Society Forum on Education newsletter

Conference Organization:

Co-organizers: Michael C. Wittmann and Paula Heron
Scientific Secretary: Rachel E. Scherr
Advisory Board: Fred Goldberg, Lillian McDermott, E.F. "Joe" Redish