The Conceptual Astronomy and Physics Education Research (CAPER) Team
An overview of the research done by the Conceptual Astronomy and Physics Education Research (CAPER) Team is presented. CAPER conducts rigorous educational research into student understanding and learning difficulties in the areas of astronomy, astrobiology, physics, planetary science, and earth & space science. The results of this research are used to inform the development, evaluation and dissemination of innovative instructional interventions and public outreach activities that promote learners’ intellectual engagement through collaborative learning strategies. Additional targeted areas of effort include conducting systematic evaluation of educational projects, exhibits and programs, providing professional development programs for elementary and secondary science teachers, conducting teaching excellence workshops for university faculty, and partnering with museums and science centers to effectively bring science to the general public. Work is primarily supported by the US National Science Foundation (NSF), NASA, and the US Department of Education.