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At the conference Foundations and Frontiers of Physics Education Research, held in August 2005, in Bar Harbor, ME, a subgroup of the conferees met and generated a list of recommended reading in PER. This list explicitly focused on works generated from within the PER community; the vast literature of papers coming from education and the behavioral sciences was not included. (See some of our other reading lists for papers in those areas.)

The team that generated the list included: Saalih Allie; Brad Ambrose; Eric Brewe; Warren Christensen; Ray Hodges; Rebecca Lindell; Rosemary Russ; MacKenzie Stetzer; John Thompson; >Michael Wittmann; Karen Wosilait

Papers and Chapters of Books

  1. "Investigation of student understanding of the concept of velocity in one dimension," D.E. Trowbridge and L.C. McDermott, Am. J. Phys. 48 , 1020-1028 (1980).
  2. "Investigation of student understanding of the concept of acceleration in one dimension," D.E. Trowbridge and L.C. McDermott, Am. J. Phys. 49 , 242-253 (1981).
  3. "Accommodation of a scientific conception: Toward a theory of conceptual change," G.J. Posner, K.A. Strike, P. W. Hewson, W.A. Gertzog, Sci. Educ. 66 , 211-227 (1982).
  4. "Student understanding of the work-energy and impulse-momentum theorems," R. A. Lawson and L. C. McDermott, Am. J. Phys. 55 , 811 (1987).
  5. "A view from physics," L.C. McDermott, in Toward a Scientific Practice of Science Education, edited by M. Gardner, J.G. Greeno, F. Reif, A.H. Schoenfeld, A. diSessa, and E. Stage (Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Hillsdale, NJ, 1990), pp. 3-30.
  6. "Learning to think like a physicist:   A review of research-based instructional strategies," A. van Heuvelen, Am. J. Phys. 59 , 891-897 (1991).
  7. "Modeling Games in the Newtonian World," D. Hestenes, Am. J. Phys. 60, 732-748 (1992).
  8. "Force Concept Inventory," D. Hestenes, M. Wells, and G. Swackhamer, Phys. Teach. 30 , 141-158 (1992).
  9. "Teaching problem solving through cooperative grouping. Part 1: Group versus individual problem solving," P. Heller, R. Keith, and S. Anderson, Am. J. Phys. 60 , 637-644 (1992).
  10. "Teaching problem solving through cooperative grouping. Part 2: Designing problems and structuring groups," P. Heller, M. Hollabaugh, Am. J. Phys. 60 , 627-636 (1992).
  11. "Research as a guide for curriculum development: An example from introductory electricity. Part I: Investigation of student understanding," L. C. McDermott and P. S. Shaffer, Am. J. Phys. 60 , 994 (1992); Erratum: Am. J. Phys. 61 , 81 (1993)
  12. "Research as a guide for curriculum development: An example from introductory electricity. Part II: Design of instructional strategies," P. S. Shaffer and L. C. McDermott, Am. J. Phys. 60 , 1003 (1992).
  13. "Millikan Lecture 1994:   Understanding and teaching important scientific thought processes," F. Reif, Am. J. Phys. 63 , 17-32 (1995).
  14. "Using qualitative problem-solving strategies to highlight the role of conceptual knowledge in solving problems," W.J. Leonard, R.J. Dufresne, and J.P. Mestre, Am J. Phys. 64 , 1495-1503 (1996).
  15. "More than misconceptions: Multiple perspectives on student knowledge and reasoning, and an appropriate role for education research," D. Hammer, Am. J. Phys. 64 , 1316-1325 (1996).
  16. "Student expectations in introductory physics," E. F. Redish, J.M. Saul, and R.N. Steinberg, Am. J. Phys. 66, 212-224 (1998).
  17. "Do they stay fixed?", G. E. Francis, J. P. Adams, and E. J. Noonan, Phys. Teach. 36 , 488-490 (1998).
  18. "Assessing student learning of Newton's laws: The Force and Motion Concept Evaluation and the Evaluation of Active Learning Laboratory and Lecture Curricula," R.K. Thornton and D.R. Sokoloff, Am. J. Phys. 66 , 338-352 (1998).
  19. "Interactive-engagement versus traditional methods: A six-thousand-student survey of mechanics test data for introductory physics courses," R.R. Hake, Am. J. Phys. 66 , 64-74 (1998).
  20. "First-year physics students' perceptions of the quality of experimental measurements," S. Allie, A. Buffler, L. Kaunda, B. Campbell, and F. Lubben, Int. J. Sci. Educ. 20 , 447-459 (1998).
  21. "Millikan Lecture 1998:   Building a science of teaching physics," E.F. Redish, Am. J. Phys. 67 (7), 562-573 (1999).
  22. "Computers in teaching science:   To simulate or not to simulate?" R.N. Steinberg, Am. J. Phys. Suppl. 68 , S37-S41 (2000).
  23. "Oersted Medal Lecture 2001:   Physics education research--The key to student learning," L.C. McDermott, Am. J. Phys. 69 (11), 1127-1137 (2001).
  24. "Tapping epistemological resources for learning physics," D. Hammer and A. Elby, J. of Learning Sciences 12 , 53-90 (2003).
  25. Teaching Physics with the Physics Suite, E.F. Redish (Wiley, 2003), Chapters 2, 6, and 7.
  26. From Proceedings of the Varenna Summer School, "Enrico Fermi" Course CLVI, edited by M. Vicentinni and E.F. Redish (IOS Press, Amsterdam), July 2003:

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