The Physics Education Research (PER) group at Montana State is committed to better understanding how students learn physics and astronomy. Our research targets both STEM majors as well as non-STEM majors, because we believe that all students should have some working knowledge of science. We are currently involved in several different projects, including:
- An NSF funded project geared toward increasing the spatial reasoning skills of middle school students. National Science Foundation DRL: Designing a Middle Grades Spatial Skills Curriculum (abstract available here).
- Developing heliophysics and space science related curricular materials for NASA. Resources are available at the AAPT website..
- Increasing the oral communication skills of STEM graduate students. National Science Foundation NRT-IGE: Fostering Effective Oral Communication Skills for STEM Graduate Students (abstract available here).
- Improving student beliefs regarding the learning of science.
- A recent write up of our publication regarding perceptions of scientists.