In recent years, substantial effort has been made in advancing our understanding of student learning of physics. Physics education research studies have revealed a wide gap between learning objectives and actual levels of student understanding, and are increasingly focused on developing and evaluating materials and methods to improve instructional approaches, student learning gains and problem-solving abilities. Numerous physics education research results are highly robust and reproducible across diverse student populations. The rapid increase of new technologies available needs to go hand-in-hand with rigorous research into their effectiveness in instruction.
This workshop will give an overview of recent developments and outcomes of physics education research in the UK and overseas, focusing on results that have direct practical relevance to physics teaching and that are straightforward to implement. The workshop will also highlight individual studies and give guidance to those interested in conducting physics education research. This event is aimed at colleagues interested in using the outcomes of physics education research to improve their students’ learning and at colleagues interested in becoming involved in physics education research themselves.