Physics Education Research Lab
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Brean Prefontaine, Katie Hinko, and collaborators examine informal physics programs as communities of practiceREAD MORE
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 Education, Lyman Briggs College, the CREATE for STEM Institute, and Science Studies at State.
As part of a large collaboration, PERL graduate student Brean Prefontaine and professor Katie Hinko published Informal physics programs as communities of practice: How can programs support university students’ identities? in Physical Review, Physics Education Research.
As part of a collaboration with CU-Boulder, PERL professor Katie Hinko and research associate Dena Izadi published Challenges and opportunities for informal physics learning in the COVID era in Physical Review, Physics Education Research.
As part of a multi-institution collaboration, PERL Professor Rachel Henderson published Examining the relation of correct knowledge and misconceptions using the nominal response model in Physical Review, Physics Education Research
PERL members Xandria Quichocho, Katie Hinko, Nick Young, and Danny Caballero won the PERC Proceedings Notable Paper award for their papers at PERC 2019.