Articles and Advice

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On occasion, I write opinion or advice pieces about being an academic, particularly in physics education research (PER). They are not peer-reviewed in a strict sense, but often I share drafts with community members for ideas and feedback.

Becoming a better writer or presenter

Becoming a better researcher

    • Research design: How to design better research projects, and how to develop your skill as someone who generates research projects.

    • Research process for video-based research: How to conduct your first research project using videodata. Focuses on the process rather than specific software or methods.

    • Data and access: What are the common kinds of data in education research, and what are their affordances and constraints?

    • Writing a statement of research interests: How to write your statement of research interests as a prospective graduate student or prospective faculty member, or as a reflective exercise to figure out what you want to do.

    • Research process models: How should we conceptualize the processes of doing research? Two models, one productive and one not.

    • Generation, iteration, reflection: core elements of successful research. An article which addresses explicitly some of the underlying themes in this series.

Becoming a better faculty member

Getting a job

Working with students

The state of the Physics Education Research field

    • How big is PER? A FAQ: Some common questions about the size and shape of PER, aimed at curious physics departments.

    • h-indices in PER: The h-index is a measure of how well-cited a person is; I calculated them for PERers as a function of job maturity.

    • Affirmation cards: Affirmation cards tell other people how you appreciate them and affirm the value of their work. This is the story of how they came to PER, including directions for how to make your own.

Last update: 2022 July