Physics Education

Selected References with Web Sites

Arons, A. B., A Guide to Introductory Physics Teaching, Wiley, New York, 1990.

Beichner, R. ‘‘The impact of video motion analysis on kinematics graph interpretation skills," Am. J. Phys. 64, 1272–1277 (1996); Beichner, R. "Testing student interpretation of kinematics graphs." Am. J. Phys. 62 750-762 (1994).

Goldberg, F. and S. Bendall, "Making the invisible visible: A teaching/learning environment that builds on a new view of the physics learner," Am. J. Phys. 63, 978–991 (1995).

Hake, R.R. "Interactive-engagement vs. traditional methods: A six-thousand-student survey of mechanics test data for introductory physics courses," Am. J. Phys. 66, 64-74 (1998).

Hestenes, David ‘‘Toward a Modeling Theory of Physics Instruction,’’

Am. J. Phys. 55, 440-454 (1987); Malcolm Wells, David Hestenes and Gregg Swackhamer, "A Modeling Method for High School Physics Instruction," American Journal of Physics, Vol. 63, (1995).

Hestenes, David, M. Wells, and G. Swackhamer. "Force Concept Inventory." Phys. Teach. 30 141-158 (1992); Halloun, I. A. and D. Hestenes, ‘‘The initial knowledge state of college physics students,’’ Am. J. Phys. 53, 1043–1056 (1985).

ICUPE: The Changing Role of Physics Departments in Modern Universities

Jossem, E. Leonard "Resource Letter EPGA-1: The Education of Physics Graduate Assistants," Am. J. Phys. 68 502-512 (2000).

Laws, P., "Millikan Lecture 1996: "Promoting active learning based on physics

education research in introductory physics courses," Am. J. Phys. 65 14–21 (1997);

Laws, P, et al., Workshop Physics Activity Guide, Wiley, NY, 1997.


Laws, P., ‘‘Calculus-based physics without lectures,’’ Phys. Today 44 24–31 (1991).

Layman, John W., et. al., Inquiry and Learning: Realizing Science Standards in the Classroom, 1996.

Leonard, W. J., R. J. Dufresne, and J. P. Mestre, ‘‘Using qualitative problem-solving strategies to highlight the role of conceptual knowledge in solving problems,

Am. J. Phys. 64 1495–1503 (1996); Dufresne, R., W. J. Gerace, P. T. Hardiman, and J. P. Mestre, ‘‘Constraining novices to perform expert-like problem analyses: Effects on schema acquisition," J. Learning Sci. 2, 307–331 (1992).

McDermott, L.C. and E.F. Redish, "Resource Letter: PER-1: Physics Education Research," Am. J. Phys. 67 (9) 755 (1999).

Manogue, Corrine A., et al, "Paradigms in Physics – a new upper division curriculum,"

Novak, G.M., E. T. Patterson, A. D. Gavrin, and W. Christian, Just-In-Time Teaching: Blending Active Learning with Web Technology, Prentice Hall, Englewood, NJ, 1999,,3411,0130850349.html,00.html

Olenick, Richard P, C3P--Comprehensive Conceptual Curriculum for Physics

Patterson, Evelyn T., Wolfgang Christian, Gregor Novak, "WebPhysics: Delivering Curricular Material Using the World Wide Web."

Redish Edward F. and Richard N. Steinberg, Teaching Physics: Figuring Out What Works, Physics Today, Vol. 52 (January 1999), pp. 24-30.

Redish, E. "Implications of cognitive studies for teaching physics." Am. J. Phys. 62 796-803 (1994).

Scannell, D. Models of Teacher Education. Washington, DC: American Council on Education, 1999.

Sokoloff D. R. R.K. Thornton, "Using Interactive Lecture Demonstrations to Create an Active Learning Environment, Phys. Teach 35, 340-347 (1998).

Thornton, R.K. and D. R. Sokoloff, "Assessing student learning of Newton’s laws: The Force and Motion Conceptual Evaluation and the evaluation of active learning laboratory and lecture curricula,’’ Am. J. Phys. 66. 338-352 (1998); Thornton R. K. and D. R. Sokoloff, ‘‘Learning motion concepts using real-time microcomputer-based laboratory tools,’’ Am. J. Phys. 58, 858–867 (1990).

Tiberghien, A, E. L. Jossem, and J. Barojas Connecting Research

in Physics Education with Teacher Education, ICPE books.

Van Heuvelen, A., ‘‘Learning to think like a physicist: A review of research-based instructional strategies,’’ Am. J. Phys. 59, 891–897 (1991); ‘‘Overview, Case Study Physics,’’ Am. J. Phys. 59, 898–907 (1991).

Wilson, Jack M. "The CUPLE Physics Studio," The Physics Teacher 32 518-529 (1994).

Zollman, Dean. "Millikan Lecture 1995: Do They Just Sit There? Reflections on Helping Students Learn Physics," American Journal of Physics 64, 114-119 (1996).

Zollman, D. "Learning Cycles in a Large Enrollment Class," The Physics Teacher 28, 20-25 (1990).

Selected Curricular Materials

Arthur Eisenkraft, "Active Physics" AAPT (1994).;

Leonard, W. J., R. J. Dufresne, W. J. Gerace, and J. P. Mestre, Minds on Physics, Activities and Reader, Kendall/Hunt, Dubuque, IA, (1999).

Mazur, E., Peer Instruction: A User’s Manual. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, 1997.

McDermott, L. C. and the Physics Education Group at the University of Washington, Physics by Inquiry, Vols. I and II, Wiley, New York, (1996).

McDermott Lillian C. and Physics Education Group, University of Washington Tutorials in Introductory Physics and Homework Manual, Prentice Hall, Englewood Cliffs, NJ, (1998).

Powerful Ideas in Physical Science, Vol. I-IV. College Park, MD: American Association of Physics Teachers, 1995.

Real-Time Physics, David R. Sokoloff, Ronald K. Thornton, and Priscilla W. Laws, Wiley, New York, (1999).

Alan Van Heuvelen, ActivPhys, an Interactive Multimedia CD, Addison Wesley. Part I (1997)/Part II (January 1999).,2627,0201361116,00.html

Selected National Reports

"Investing in Teaching," National Alliance of Business, The Business Roundtable, Nation Association of Manufacturers, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, 2001.

"Educating Teachers of Science, Mathematics, and Technology: New Practices for the New Millennium," National Academy of Sciences/National Research Council, 2000.

"Before It’s Too Late. A Report to the Nation from the National Commission on Mathematics and Science Teaching for the 21st Century." (The Glenn Commission). U.S. Department of Education, 2000.

"Inquiry and the National Science Education Standards: A Guide for Teaching and Learning". Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 2000.

"To Touch the Future: Transforming the Way Teachers are Taught. An Action Agenda for College and University Presidents," American Council on Education, 1999.

"Teacher Quality: A Report on the Preparation and Qualifications of Public School Teachers." National Center for Education Statistics. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, 1999.

"Transforming Undergraduate Education in Science, mathematics, Engineering and Technology". Washington, DC: National Academy Press, 1999.

"Shaping the Future: New Expectations for Undergraduate Education in Science, Mathematics, Engineering and Technology," The National Science Foundation, 1996.

"National Science Education Standards," National Research Council, National Academy Press, 1996.

"Science for All Americans," 1990; "Benchmarks for Science Literacy," 1993; "Blueprints for Reform: Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education," 1998; American Association for the Advancement of Science, Oxford University Press.

A Call for Teacher Education Reform: A Report of the AASCU Task Force on Teacher Education. Washington, DC: American Association of State Colleges and Universities, 1991.

"Principles and Standards for School Mathematics," NCTM, Reston, VA, 1989.

National Commission on Excellence in Education (NCEE). A Nation At Risk: the Imperative for Educational Reform. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Education, 1983.

Selected PER Journal Articles and Books

Fuller, R. G., R. Karplus, and A. E. Lawson, ‘‘Can Physics Develop Reasoning?’’

Physics. Today 30 23–28 (1977).

Griffith, J., and P. Morrison, "Reflections on a Decade of Grade-School Science."

Physics Today 25 29-34, (1972).

Heller, Patricia, Ronald Keith, and Scott Anderson, "Teaching problem solving through cooperative grouping. Am. J. Phys. 60 627-636 (1992).

Hilborn, Robert C., "Revitalizing undergraduate physics – who needs it?"

Am. J. Phys 65 (1997).

Howes, Ruth H. and Robert C. Hilborn, "Winds of Change," Am. J. Phys 68 (2000).

Huffman, D., and P. Heller, "What does the Force Concept Inventory Actually Measure?" Phys. Teach. 33 138-143 (1995).

Karplus, R. "Physics for Beginners." Physics Today 25 36-47 (1972).

McDermott L. C. and E. F. Redish." Development and assessment of instructional strategies," Am. J. Phys., Vol. 67 761 (1999); McDermott L. C. "How we teach and how students learn—A mismatch?" Am. J. Phys. 61 295-296 (1993);

McDermott L. C., Shaffer, P.S. "Research as a Guide for Professional Development: An Example from Introductory Electricity; Part I Investigation of Student Understanding, Am. J. Phys. 60 994-1003 (1992); Part II: Design of Instructional Strategies" Am. J. Phys. 60 1003-1013 (1992);




McDermott L. C. "Millikan Lecture 1990: What we teach and what is learned—Closing the gap." Am. J. Phys. 59 301-315 (1991); McDermott L. C. "A perspective on teacher preparation in physics and other sciences: The need for special science courses for teachers." Am. J. Phys. 58 734-742 (1990); McDermott L. C. "Combined physics course for future elementary and secondary school teachers." Am. J. Phys. 42 668-686 (1974).

Mestre, Jose P., "Learning and Instruction in Pre-college Physical Science," Physics Today, Vol. 56, (1991).

Neuschatz, M., and M. McFarling. Maintaining Momentum: High School Physics for a New Millennium. College Park, MD: American Institute of Physics, 1999.

Redish, E. Milliken Lecture 1998: "Building a Science of Teaching Physics," Am. J. Phys. 67 (1999).

Reif, F. "Millikan Lecture 1994: Understanding and teaching important scientific thought processes." Am. J. Phys. 63 17-32, (1995).

Renner, J., D. Stafford, W. Coffia, D. Kellogg, and M. Weber. "An evaluation of the Science Curriculum Improvement Study." School Science and Mathematics 73 (1973): 291-318.

Rowe, M. "Wait time and rewards as instructional variables, their influence on language, logic, and fate control: Part one-wait time." J. Res. Sci. Teach. 11 (1974): 81-94.

Shaffer, P., M. Rosenquist, and L. McDermott. "A conceptual approach to teaching kinematics." Am. J. Phys. 55 407-415 (1987).

Touger, J. S., R. J. Dufresne, W. J. Gerace, P. T. Hardiman, and J. P. Mestre, ‘‘How novice physics students deal with explanations,’’ Int. J. Sci. Educ. 17, 255–269 (1995).

Wilson, K. "Introductory Physics for Teachers." Phys. Today. 44, no. 9, 71-73 (1991).

Compiled for PhysTEC by:

Fredrick Stein, director

Education and Outreach

American Physical Society