Gary Gladding presenting at a 2014 conference for physics teachers

PER group

Our group includes members from both the Physics Department and the School of Education.

Papers and Talks

Practice makes (nearly) perfect: Solving "students & professors"-type problems


Christianson, K., Mestre, J.P., & Luke, S.G. (2012).  Applied Cognitive Psychology, 26, 810-822.

The strongest predictor of students producing correct equations was practice: In all experiments, participants spontaneously improved in equation accuracy almost to ceiling levels as they progressed, despite receiving no feedback. Tentative support is provided for the pedagogical value of repetition in solving problems, along with varying the wording of the problems.