Friday, February 18, 2011

Are Ed Administrators Aware of Physics Ed Research?

Some blog followers might be interested in a recent post “Are Ed Administrators Aware of Physics Ed Research?” [Hake (2011)]. The abstract reads:


ABSTRACT: PhysLrnR’s John (Texas) Clement posed the question (paraphrasing): “Are Ed Administrators Aware of Physics Ed Research (PER)?”

Bill Goffe responded (paraphrasing): “I would guess that PER is rarely mentioned in conferences that Ed administrators might attend or material they're likely to read: e.g., American Educator or the Chronicle of Higher Education's ProfHacker blog”

There have been a few isolated mentions of PER in the:

a. American Educator: Paul Gross’ “Learning Science: Content - with Reason” at

b. Chronicle's ProfHacker blog: Heather Whitney's “Just-in-Time Teaching: Beyond Physics” at and “Concept Inventories: Beyond Physics” at


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Richard Hake, Emeritus Professor of Physics, Indiana University

Honorary Member, Curmudgeon Lodge of Deventer, The Netherlands

President, PEdants for Definitive Academic References which Recognize the Invention of the Internet (PEDARRII)

“An important scientific innovation. . .[or ‘unorthodox idea’] . . . rarely makes its way by gradually winning over and converting its opponents: it rarely happens that Saul becomes Paul. What does happen is that ITS OPPONENTS GRADUALLY DIE OUT and that the growing generation is familiarized with the idea from the beginning: another instance of the fact that the future lies with the young.”

Max Planck (1936)

REFERENCES [URL’s shortened by and accessed on 18 Feb 2011.]

Hake, R.R. 2011. “Are Ed Administrators Aware of Physics Ed Research?”online on the OPEN! AERA-L archives at Post of 18 Feb 2011 14:23:50-0800 to AERA-L, Net-Gold, and PhysLrnR. The abstract and link to the complete post are being transmitted to various discussion lists.

Planck, M. 1936. The Philosophy of Physics. W.W. Norton. information at

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