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Physics Education
The Physics Education Group in the Physics Department at the University of Washington conducts a coordinated program of research, curriculum development, and instruction to improve student learning in physics (K-20). The work of the group is guided by ongoing discipline-based research. For more than 30 years, we have been deeply involved in the preparation of prospective and practicing teachers to teach physics and physical science by inquiry. In undergraduate physics, we have been engaged in a major effort to improve the effectiveness of instruction at the introductory level and in more advanced courses. These projects provide a context in which we work toward promoting the professional development of teaching assistants and new faculty.
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Suzanne White Brahmia
Assistant Professor
Physics Education
My primary research area is mathematization in physics: Novice-to-expert transition, Quantification, Proportional Reasoning, Negativity, Symbolizing, Covariational reasoning, Inventing with Contrasting Cases. I am also currently exploring the impacts of Assessable Learning Objectives (ALOs) on teaching and learning: Standardizing ALOs across the introductory curriculum, Impact of ALOs on student learning and on faculty practices. See my professional page for more detail on these and other areas in which I am, or have been, active.​
Paula R. L. Heron
Professor
Physics Education Group (PEG)
Lillian C. McDermott
Professor
Physics Education Group (PEG)
Peter S. Shaffer
Professor
Physics Education Group (PEG)

Donna Messina, Lecturer