Physics Education Research Lab

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Brean and Katie publish paper on understanding identity development in informal physics programs

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The Physics Education Research Lab at Michigan State University (PERL@MSU) is an interdisciplinary collaboration that studies: how students in learn physics and engage in physics practice, social and contextual factors that promote student learning and engagement, assessments (conceptual learning, epistemology, and practice), and educational technology use and practice.

We support work in a variety of contexts from pre-college to post-graduate. Our research group includes faculty, staff, postdocs, and students from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the College of EducationLyman Briggs College, the CREATE for STEM Institute, and Science Studies at State.

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PERL Members Publish 6 PERC Papers September 23, 2020 PERL Members Publish 6 PERC Papers

We're proud to announce that the PERL Team has contributed to 6 PERC Papers in 2020.

New members fall 2020 September 2, 2020 New members fall 2020

From new members to new titles, PERL is growing

Danny Publishes Paper Analyzing the PERC Proceedings June 29, 2020 Danny Publishes Paper Analyzing the PERC Proceedings

PERL co-director Danny Caballero and colleagues published Thematic analysis of 18 years of physics education research conference proceedings using natural language processing in Physical Review Physics Education Research.

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