Physics Education Research Lab (PERL)

The Physics Education Research Lab at Michigan State University is an interdisciplinary collaboration that studies: how students learn physics and engage in physics practice, social and contextual factors that promote student learning and engagement, assessments (conceptual learning, epistemology, and practice), and educational technology use and practice. 

We support work in a variety of contexts from pre-college to post-graduate. Our research group includes faculty, staff, postdocs, and students from the Department of Physics and Astronomy, the College of Education, Lyman Briggs College, CREATE for STEM, and Science Studies at State( S3). 

The PERL Lab is co-directed by Dr. Danny Caballero, Associate Professor of Physics and Astronomy, and a visiting professor in the Department of Physics at the University of Oslo; and Dr. Vashti Sawtelle, Assistant Professor in the Lyman Briggs College and the Department of Physics and Astronomy.  

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