Physics Education Research

The Division of Physics Education is a disciplinary based research group, which is an integral part of the Department of Physics and Astronomy in the Ångström Laboratory at Uppsala University.

The activities of the group are centred principally around Higher Education, and the interplays between scientific literacy, student learning and the form and content of university physics and related engineering curricula and teaching. Typically this research draws on conceptual framing and theoretical perspectives that have factors such as social identity, disciplinary discourse and literacy, epistemology, metacognition, language, gender, visualization, simulation, culture and worldview as important underpinning attributes. Physics and engineering students' experiences of learning, teaching and their environments, and their experienced culture, and values, prior education, and personal aspirations provide important constituents for our work.
The group also works in the area of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL): teachers using scientific attitudes and integrity to share how they have made learning possible.


Cedric Linder wins the 2014 ICPE Medal for Physics Education

The International Commission on Physics Education is pleased to announce that the winner of the 2014 ICPE Medal for outstanding contributions to physics education is Professor Cedric Linder of Uppsala University, Sweden.

The award recognizes Professor Linder's outstanding contributions to physics education research. His work has been notable for its range, depth and impact, as well for its international scope. Educated at universities in South Africa, the USA and Canada, Cedric Linder, in 1996, was awarded the first personal Chair in Physics Education in South Africa. He moved to Uppsala University in 2000, becoming the first Professor of Physics Education Research in Sweden, while still retaining his professorship at the University of the Western Cape.

Through his work Cedric Linder has helped to change the way in which physics is taught by enabling colleagues to appreciate the learning experience of students. He has influenced lives by opening up physics to many disadvantaged students, and he has added new theoretical insights and methodological approaches to the practice of physics education research.

The ICPE Medal will be presented to Professor Linder at the ICPE Conference in Cordoba, Argentina on 18 August, 2014. As a recipient of the ICPE Medal, Professor Linder will join the list of distinguished past winners that reads like a 'Who's Who' of international physics education.

The International Commission on Physics Education is the Education Commission of the International Union of Pure and Applied Physics. Further details concerning ICPE, the ICPE Medal and its past winners, can be found at the ICPE Web Site: .

The full citation for Professor Linder is available on the website and can be found at:

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