February 1, 2023

An Introduction to Physics Education Research

What books, papers and resources from Physics Education Research should every secondary teacher know about and consider using? James de Winter presents a guided tour of the highlights.

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Formally a secondary school physics teacher, James now leads the secondary Physics PGCE course at the University of Cambridge. He is a member of the Physics Education Research Group at the University of Uppsala, Sweden, where he is studying for a doctorate on the developing professional identity of early career physics teachers. James also works with the Ogden Trust on many of their projects supporting physics teaching.


  • Keith July 1, 2020

    Really useful introduction, focusing on research outcomes/resources that teachers can apply in planning teaching and in the classroom. (But, then, just what I would expect from James.)

  • Blessy July 4, 2020

    Wow! That’s incredible list of resources.It seems I have finally found something which resonates with me as a lonely Physics teacher in my little part of world.Thanks James.

  • James de Winter July 6, 2020


    I’ve put the slideshow and the link to the Some Pillars of Wisdom : A Physics Education Research Primer document in the Physics Education Research section on http://www.teachphysics.co.uk/ and whilst you are there I recommend the completely unrelated Physics and Birdsong section for my favourite ever lesson on sounds/waves



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