Physics Colloquium
Dr. Sam McKagan
American Association of Physics Teachers & McKagan Enterprises

Sam McKagan


Ten Results of PER that Every Physics Instructor Should Know

102 Cardwell Hall
February 4, 2013
4:30 p.m.

Over the last few decades, researchers in Physics Education Research (PER) have made enormous advances in understanding how students learn physics most effectively and in developing teaching methods that dramatically improve student learning. The PER User's Guide ( is a growing web resource that translates, summarizes, and organizes the results of PER in an accessible and useful way for busy educators. I will summarize the results of PER that are most important for practicing physics educators to know and apply in their classrooms. I will also offer suggestions for how to incorporate these results into teaching.  


Refreshments in CW 119 at 4:15 p.m.