Thinking, Feeling, and Success in Introductory Physics: What Matters and What Next?

Dr. Brian A. Pyper, Director of Physics Education
Briham Young University-Idaho
Dept of Physics

Physics Education Research (PER) is making great strides in providing a clearer understanding of how people learn Physics. Recent research is showing the importance of how people feel about their learning and their cognitive reasoning ability affects how and what they learn. Specifically, affective attitudes and reasoning ability appear to impact conceptual understanding in Introductory Physics, with implications for best practices in how we teach and learn.