Synthesis of discipline-based education research in physics

Jennifer L. Docktor, José P. Mestre

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This paper presents a comprehensive synthesis of physics education research at the undergraduate level. It is based on work originally commissioned by the National Academies. Six topical areas are covered: (1) conceptual understanding, (2) problem solving, (3) curriculum and instruction, (4) assessment, (5) cognitive psychology, and (6) attitudes and beliefs about teaching and learning. Each topical section includes sample research questions, theoretical frameworks, common research methodologies, a summary of key findings, strengths and limitations of the research, and areas for future study. Supplemental material proposes promising future directions in physics education research.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number020119
JournalPhysical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
Issue number2
StatePublished - Sep 16 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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