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Reimagining Educational Problems: The Transformative Potential of Critical Cultural Research for Equity in Engineering Education
Stephen Secules, Visiting Assistant Professor in the School of Engineering Education, Purdue University

In this seminar, Dr. Secules makes the case that a critical research agenda focused on educational culture has transformative potential for the way we think about and respond to educational problems. First he will initiate an interactive discussion on the framing of educational problems as individual or cultural phenomena. Next he will demonstrate the insights gained by a critical cultural perspective by discussing a published study of an introductory programming course for electrical engineers. He will conclude by highlighting other adjacent projects and ongoing efforts, and seeking feedback on how these ideas resonate and apply in PER and physics course contexts.

Learning Machine Lab publishes paper on modeling student pathways in a physics program
May 15, 2019

PERL members John Aiken, Rachel Henderson, and Danny Caballero have published an article in Physical Review Physics Education Research title Modeling Student Pathways in a Physics Bachelor's Degree Program.

Angie and collaborators publish on mindset applicability
May 10, 2019

PERL members  Angie Little, Bridget Humphrey, Abigail Green, Abhilash Nair, and Vashti Sawtelle published an article in Physical Review Physics Education Research titled Exploring mindset’s applicability to students’ experiences with challenge in transformed college physics courses.

PERL Undergrad Matt Ring helps create MSU Physics Education in Ghana Initiative
March 14, 2019

PERL Undergrad Matt Ring helps create MSU Physics Education in Ghana Initiative

Vashti wins Spirit of Ability Award
March 12, 2019

PERL co-director Vashti Sawtelle has won the Spirit of Ability Award.

Learning Machines Lab publishes paper on factors predictive of faculty integrating computation into physics courses
February 20, 2019

PERL members Nick Young, Grant Allen, John Aiken, Rachel Henderson, and Danny Caballero have published an article in Physical Review Physics Education Research titled Identifying features predictive of faculty integrating computation into physics courses.

Dena wins Art Lab Grant
February 12, 2019

Postdoc Dena Izadi has won a grant from MSU's Broad Art Lab for her project "The Schrodinger’s Cat is in Town!"

Vashti and Abhilash Publish Article About Epistemological progress in physics and its impact on biology
January 22, 2019

PERL co-director Vashti Sawtelle, PERL alumni Abhilash Nair, and colleagues have published an article in Physical Review Physics Education Research titled Epistemological progress in physics and its impact on biology.

PERL Members Publish 16 PERC Papers
January 21, 2019

We're proud to announce that the PERL Team has contributed to 16 PERC Papers in 2018.

Danny publishes paper about prevalence and nature of computational instruction
December 20, 2018

PERL co-director Danny Caballero and collaborator Laura Merner have published an article in Physical Review Physics Education Research titled Prevalence and nature of computational instruction in undergraduate physics programs across the United States.