Launching an Online Physics Education Research Journal Club

Physical Review Physics Education Research (PRPER) and Group on Physics Education Research (GPER) are collaborating to launch an online journal club focused on recent, high-impact physics education research.

 What is the online journal club?

Physical Review will host two virtual events annually, featuring a recent, high-impact article published in PRPER of likely broad interest to the physics education community. The goal of these sessions is to increase opportunities for physicists to engage with current PER ideas.

GPER will host four to six virtual events annually, featuring a recent, high-impact article featuring a novel method, theory, etc. of likely interest to the physics education community with specific focus on increasing engagement with new ideas and methods throughout the PER community.

GPER and PRPER will monitor participation in events and solicit feedback from the community about the inaugural year of the journal club to inform on-going offerings.

Inaugural Planning Committee

The first-year planning committee consists of a GPER representative, three PRPER editorial representatives, and five past and present PRPER editorial board members.

  • Jackie Chini, Associate Professor of Physics, University of Central Florida (GPER representative)
  • Charles Henderson, Professor of Physics, Western Michigan University (PRPER Lead Editor)
  • Paula Heron, Professor of Physics, University of Washington (PRPER Associate Editor)
  • Debbie Brodbar, American Physical Society (Journal Manager)
  • Rachel Scherr, Assistant Professor of Physics, University of Washington, Bothell
  • Ana Sušac, Associate Professor of Physics, University of Zagreb
  • John Thompson, Professor of Physics, University of Maine
  • Genaro Zavala-Enríquez, Professor of Physics, Tecnológico de Monterrey

Inaugural Events

Friday, February 3 at 11:00 AM - 12:00 Eastern with “Equitable Approach to Introductory Physics” by Eric Burkholder, Shima Salehi, Sarah Sackeyfio, Nicel Mohamed-Hinds, and Carl Wieman. Learn more and register for the online event here:

Monday, February 27, 11 AM Eastern: "Skills-focused lab instruction improves critical thinking skills and experimentation views for all students" by Cole Walsh, H. J. Lewandowski, and N. G. Holmes (Register Here)

Thursday, March 30, 11 AM Eastern: "Physics Inventory of Quantitative Literacy: A tool for assessing mathematical reasoning in introductory physics" by Suzanne White Brahmia, Alexis Olsho, Trevor I. Smith, Andrew Boudreaux, Philip Eaton, and Charlotte Zimmerman (Register Here)

Attendees of any APS in-person or virtual events are expected to meet standards of professional conduct as described in the APS Code of Conduct. Violations of these standards may disqualify people from future participation.