Category Archives: Physics Education Research

Thoughts about the goals, methods, and results of research into the teaching, learning, and utilization of physics knowledge.

coming soon: theory meets reality

This blog has been dormant for way too long. Last January, I moved from Massachusetts to North Carolina, and started a new job as a Physics professor. Spring was largely transition, teaching one light course here and making several long … Continue reading

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Moving to North Carolina

This is a news item, not a thought piece. My team — the UMass Physics Education Research Group (UMPERG) — is moving! The University of North Carolina at Greensboro wants to build a robust, interdisciplinary, inter-departmental effort in science and … Continue reading

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my teaching philosophy

This is the “statement of teaching philosophy” that I recently wrote for a job application. Ask an educational researcher for his “teaching philosophy” and you’re likely to get a puzzled look and a long pause. These can be interpreted as … Continue reading

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So, this “Facebook” thing…

I’m trying to get my head around how one actually *uses* Facebook for something other than wasting huge amounts of time. I’m interested in setting up a network/profile for the community of Physics Education Researchers. Can Facebook support that? Are … Continue reading

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Physician, Heal Thyself!

Failure leads to humility, which leads to brutal self-inspection, which leads to insight. I’m an educational researcher by profession. I tend to believe that I know a lot about how to teach well, especially physics. I’ve read the literature, attended … Continue reading

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