The Physics Education Research group in the Department of Physics engages in both theoretical and experimental work to understand student learning in physics and the conditions which support (and inhibit) student learning. While we focus largely at the university undergraduate level, we have research projects that span the K-Grad and teacher professional development
The Physics Education Research Group at Colorado (PER@C) group is one of the newest and largest research programs in PER in the nation. The PER@C research group develops and studies: uses of technology in physics education, assessments (conceptual, epistemological, and belief oriented), curricular and classroom materials at the middle- and upper-division levels, theoretical models of students learning physics, social and contextual foundations of student learning, examination of successful educational reforms and replication studies of such reforms, and student problem-solving in physics. The research group includes faculty, staff, and students from both the Department of Physics and the School of Education. PER@C sponsors a number of educational reforms in physics, which range from pre-college to post-doctoral.