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 related curricular materials for NASA. Resources are available here.
  • 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.