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Applications for the 2014 Summer Institute are now being accepted. For more information on the Institute and how to apply, click here.

The Physics Education Group at the University of Washington conducts a coordinated program of research, curriculum development, and instruction to improve student learning in physics and physical science from kindergarten through graduate school.  The work of the group is guided by ongoing discipline-based research.  

The primary curricula developed by the group include Physics by Inquiry (Wiley and Sons) and Tutorials in Introductory Physics (Pearson Publishing).  Results from research are disseminated through journal articles, talks at various colleges and professional meetings (e.g., the American Association of Physics Teachers, the American Physical Society, etc.), and in various workshops given by group members.

Recent news

Thu, April 3rd

Jamey Clarke, a high school physics teacher from Punahou High School, Honolulu, HI, is spending spring quarter with the Physics Education Group.  The group's curricula (both Physics by Inquiry and Tutorials in Introductory Physics) have had a significant impact on the physics courses at Punahou and Jamey is using part of his sabbatical year to participate in our research and instructional program.   Welcome to Seattle and the Physics Education Group, Jamey!

Tue, January 28th

The Physics Education Group will once again provide a two-session workshop for participants in the UW Pipeline’s Math and Science in K-12 Education Seminar.   The workshop will provide participants an opportunity to experience instructional strategies that are effective in addressing student difficulties as well as ways in which student understanding can be assessed.  The workshop content has been chosen to inform and support the Pipeline’s tutoring  and mentoring programs in local and area K-12 schools.  

Thu, January 23rd

Ane Leniz Ereño, part of DoPERG (Donostia Physics Education Research Group) at the University of the Basque Country (EHU-UPV) is visiting the Physics Education Group for the Winter quarter. She is currently a PhD student in Physics Education and is interested in university students' conceptions and reasoning about transient states in electric current.  Welcome to Seattle, Ane! 

Tue, August 6th

Two different versions of Physics by Inquiry are being offered this fall!  This exciting, laboratory-based physics course will deepen your understanding of basic physics, give you experience with scientific writing, and enhance your scientific reasoning skills.  For more information, please come to an information session on either Monday, August 12 at 10am or Tuesday, August 13 at 2pm in room C211 in the Physics and Astronomy Building.  

UPDATE: Two more information session will be held Monday, September 23 at 10am and Tuesday, September 24 at 2pm in C220.

See the flyers for more information:  Phys 21x or Phys 40x

Thu, May 16th

On Tuesday, May 21 at 10:00 and on Wednesday, May 22 at 2:00 there will be information sessions for students who are interested in taking the Physics by Inquiry course sequences (Physics 405, 406 and 409  and Physics 407, 408 and 409). These information sessions will be held in Room C211. See the flyer for more information.

Upcoming Events

The calendar will be updated soon!

Recent Events

  • Visitors from Japan

    Mar 3rdall day
    Kyoko Ishii, Professor at Tamagawa University Yoshihide Yamada, Associate Professor at University of Fukui Taichi Kato, Graduate Student at University of Fukui.

  • Michael Wittmann: Joint UW/SPU PER Seminar

    Feb 21st2:30pm

  • Pipeline Workshop

    Feb 6th4:00pm
    The second of a two-session workshop for participants in the UW Pipeline’s Math and Science in K-12 Education Seminar.

View all events on our Google calendar.