Foundations and Frontiers of Physics Education Research

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


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A "working group" is a discussion group whose task is to develop a well-articulated position on the topic at hand.

A PER textbook
(Karen Cummings, Eugenia Etkina)
Location TBD

As our field has grown, we have come to a place where we can at least outline topics and content for a textbook that might be used in a graduate level PER course. Participants should address these and other questions: How do we create a viable and meaningful textbook that is of broad use? What should such a text contain? What audience will use it? (APS Forum on Education newsletter article

Frontiers of the Resources Framework
(E.F. "Joe" Redish, Eleanor C. Sayre)
Turrets Ed Studies Office

The PER subcommunity dealing with the resources framework has been highly active for several years. Participants in this working group will define the common foundations of many different researchers in the subcommunity and establish active research questions for future exploration. Participants will collect information on what is known and what answerable questions exist, and how to best answer them. Experimental, theoretical, and methodological concerns will be discussed, and collaborations for future work encouraged.

Collaborations
(Mac Stetzer and Mike Loverude)
Location TBD

In an interdisciplinary field for which many researchers are singletons at their institutions, collaborations are a necessity. Participants will define what kinds of collaborations are possible and what systemic issues stand in the way of more productive and effective collaborations within the community. (APS Forum on Education newsletter article)

PER Lexicon
(Paula Heron, Warren Christensen)
Location TBD

A common language allows us to understand each other’s work more clearly. Participants would address the feasibility of adopting some common definitions for terms widely used in the PER community. To establish proof of concept, they could tackle "abstract," "concrete," "conceptual," and "context." Other words, such as "difficulty" or "resource" might be addressed, as well.