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.


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