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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." National Research Council. 2013. Adapting to a Changing World: Challenges and Opportunities in Undergraduate Physics Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18312.
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Statement of Task

The committee will produce a report that identifies the goals and challenges facing undergraduate physics education and identifies how best practices for undergraduate physics education can be implemented on a widespread and sustained basis. In so doing, the committee will assess the status of physics education research (PER) and will discuss how PER can assist in accomplishing the goal of improving undergraduate physics education best practices and education policy. As part of this task, the committee will:

1.  Assess the current status of Physics Education and PER by:

a.  Describing the current landscape of undergraduate physics education with a focus on its ability to recruit and retain undergraduate students in physics, to prepare and support teachers of physics and physical science from K-12, and to provide meaningful physics education to other science and technology professionals;

b.  Discussing progress and issues in the PER field, including preparation of a synthesis of findings from this body of research; and

c.  Identifying and examining the efficacy of current assessment methods.

2.  Address the future of undergraduate physics education and PER by:

a.  Identifying best practices in undergraduate physics education for majors and non-majors alike;

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." National Research Council. 2013. Adapting to a Changing World: Challenges and Opportunities in Undergraduate Physics Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18312.
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b.  Identifying those practices and programs in physics that effectively engage, recruit, prepare, and support current and future pre-college teachers;

c.  Considering mechanisms to deploy assessment tools by which best practices and research-based findings in physics education can be scaled to make them more widespread and sustained;

d.  Identifying the future directions of PER;

e.  Recommending strategies for academic institutions and policymakers to implement those mechanisms to improve undergraduate physics education.

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." National Research Council. 2013. Adapting to a Changing World: Challenges and Opportunities in Undergraduate Physics Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18312.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Statement of Task." National Research Council. 2013. Adapting to a Changing World: Challenges and Opportunities in Undergraduate Physics Education. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/18312.
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Adapting to a Changing World was commissioned by the National Science Foundation to examine the present status of undergraduate physics education, including the state of physics education research, and, most importantly, to develop a series of recommendations for improving physics education that draws from the knowledge we have about learning and effective teaching. Our committee has endeavored to do so, with great interest and more than a little passion.

The Committee on Undergraduate Physics Education Research and Implementation was established in 2010 by the Board on Physics and Astronomy of the National Research Council. This report summarizes the committee's response to its statement of task, which requires the committee to produce a report that identifies the goals and challenges facing undergraduate physics education and identifies how best practices for undergraduate physics education can be implemented on a widespread and sustained basis, assess the status of physics education research (PER) and discuss how PER can assist in accomplishing the goal of improving undergraduate physics education best practices and education policy.

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