Products and Publications
We keep a database of publications here: UMaine PERL Publications.
You can search by date of publication and various tags (such as name of author, content of research, type of publication, and so on).
Recent news and publications
Michael publishes with others about energy diagrams and the NGSS
Ben and John write about differential volume elements in unexpected coordinates
Ben and John write about differential length vectors in unexpected coordinates
Michael writes about the resources framework
Ben and John publish on student determination of differential area elements
Elijah, Peter, and Michael publish on teacher knowledge of acceleration
Michael, Adam, Carolina, Josh, and Laura publish on survey questions about energy
Michael’s paper on the resources framework accepted in Reviews in PER
Michael, Carolina, and Laura publish in LAJPE on teacher knowledge of energy
The UMaine PERL has created a variety of materials that are available for researchers to use to help in gathering and analyzing data.
Quick download list:
Standardized Test Analysis Tools
Tools for analyzing common standardized tests
Though standardized tests are commonly given and used in assessment (e.g. in pre and post instruction evaluation to measure normalized gains in student learning), no standard tools exist for scoring the tests. We are posting our tools for general use. These are MS Excel spreadsheets, and semi-complete instructions on how to use the spreadsheets are included with the files. Download the files below to your machine for further use. Guidelines on use and distribution are included with each document.
- Force and Motion Concept Evaluation (new version 2001 Aug 24)
- Maryland Physics Expectations Survey
- full version (34 questions, version 4.0) (new version 2001 Sep 10)
- shortened version (19 questions) available upon request
- Electric Circuits Concept Evaluation
- Heat and Temperature Concept Evaluation (new version 2001 June 27)
Wave Diagnostic Test
TheWave Diagnostic Test was developed as part of Michael Wittmann’s dissertation work at the University of Maryland. It is provided here in pdf format for those interested in using it in their classrooms. Note that a fundamental part of the test is the existence of identical questions asked in both free response and multiple choice formats. Detailed data about student thinking can be found when analyzing these questions (see Michael Wittmann’s dissertation for more information).