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Physics Education Research in Canada
  Location: HC 3028
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 1:45 PM -2:15 PM
  Author: Tetyana Antimirova, Ryerson University
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  Abstract: One may ask why there are only a few Physics Education Research groups in Canada, unlike in the U.S., Europe, Australia, or Latin America, where PER has blossomed. The main reason is the virtual absence of PER funding at the national and provincial levels. As a result, graduate programs in PER cannot be established. Another problem that hinders the development of PER in Canada is a deep disconnect between the Physics Departments and Faculties of Education. Almost all PER initiatives in Canada today happen despite the lack of sustainable PER funding. These efforts are initiated by the individuals, small groups, and some universities, resulting in a patchwork of short-term PER research projects. I will provide a few case studies of recent successful PER-related initiatives in Canada. Despite the difficulties we face, PER movement in Canada is building slowly from the ground up. However, the long-term future of PER in Canada remains uncertain.
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