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KSUPER: Kansas State University Physics Education Research

The Physics Education Research Group at K-State investigates the learning and teaching of physics using methods drawn from physics education research, the learning sciences, and science education. The group applies evidence from research to develop ways to improve physics learning. In recent years the work of this group has concentrated research on how students learn physics and mathematics, how they come to think as physicists, and ways to make this and other research available to physics instructors at all levels. Further efforts have involved the development of learning materials for the high school and college level and the training and support of science teachers and physics faculty members through both in-person and online resources. 

The KSU Physics Education Research group includes faculty, postdocs and students. Faculty have received national awards for their work in physics education. Our group conducts research related to the teaching and learning of physics and develop learning materials based on that research and the research of others.

K-SUPER in one of the oldest education programs located in a US Department of Physics. It was established in 1972 with the appointment of Dean Zollman to a tenure track position in physics. The program expanded to two faculty members when Tom Manney joined in the 1980s. Sanjay Rebello joined the group in 2001 as a faculty member prior to his departure in 2015.  Eleanor Sayre joined the group in 2011 as Dean begins phased retirement.


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Coming Events

AAPT Summer 2015 Meeting, College Park, MD July 25-29

PERC 2015, College Park, MD, July 30-31 

Recent Achievements

Jessica Dwyer, PhD defense, July 17, 2015

Nandana Liyanage, MS defense, July 17, 2015


K-SUPER says farewell to REU students Noah-Kee Marks and Dylan McKnight