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ERIC Number: EJ1040072
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 10
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: EISSN-1554-9178
Educational Trajectories of Graduate Students in Physics Education Research
Van Dusen, Ben; Barthelemy, Ramón S.; Henderson, Charles
Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, v10 n2 p020106-1-020106-10 Jul-Dec 2014
Physics education research (PER) is a rapidly growing area of PhD specialization. In this article we examine the trajectories that led respondents into a PER graduate program as well as their expected future trajectories. Data were collected in the form of an online survey sent to graduate students in PER. Our findings show a lack of visibility of PER as a field of study, a dominance of work at the undergraduate level, and a mismatch of future desires and expectations. We suggest that greater exposure is needed so PER is known as a field of inquiry for graduates, that more emphasis should be placed on research beyond the undergraduate level, and that there needs to be stronger communication to graduate students about potential careers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A