Foundations and Frontiers of Physics Education Research

June 15-19, 2009, Bar Harbor, Maine | Conference Blog


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The third biennial conference on the Foundations and Frontiers of Physics Education Research was held in 2009, in Bar Harbor, Maine. The biennial conference is a venue for specialists who are active researchers in the field of physics education. This intensive week-long residential meeting provides 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 featured a series of plenary lectures given by established and emerging leaders in PER. Each addressed 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 were devoted to unscheduled time for informal discussions. Evening sessions included working groups on subjects of community-wide interest, topical groups for specific research issues, and a contributed poster session. The goal of the conference was to foster the type of direct and intense discussion possible in a small residential meeting of specialists.

An APS Forum on Education newsletter article summarizes the meeting.

Location:

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.

Contributed posters:

There was an open contributed poster session. All conference participants could contribute.

Conference Organization:

Michael C. Wittmann, Paula Heron, Rachel E. Scherr