Spring 2006 Meeting of the Illinois Section of the AAPT
"What Research Has to Say About Introductory Physics Teaching"

April 7-8, 2006
Illinois Central College, One College Drive, East Peoria, Illinois 61635

Program Details (pdf)

Call for Papers


Invited speakers
  1.  "New Insights into Student Understanding of Electric Circuits".  Friday, 2:00 pm
         MacKenzie R. Stetzer
, Department of Physics, University of Washington
  2.  "Implementing Research Based Instructional Materials in the Physics Classroom: From the Introductory Physics
        Class to a Course for the Professional Development of Teachers"
.  Friday, 7:00 pm
        Mel Sabella
, Department of Chemistry and Physics, Chicago State University
  3.  "The Road Less Traveled: Reflections of a Physics Teacher Educator".  Saturday, 9:45 am
         Carl J. Wenning
, Coordinator Physics Teacher Education Program, Illinois State University

Workshops - All are on Friday morning, 10:30-12:00
    W1.  "Guiding Instruction and Learning with an STS Approach" by Larry Kellerman and Jeff Constable, Illinois Central College.
    W2.  "Tasks Inspired by Physics Education Research (TIPERs)" by Curtis Hieggelke, Joliet Junior College.
    W3.  "Cracker Barrel Discussion:  High School Physics Teacher Recruitment, Preparation, Induction and Retention"
                by David Sykes, Lincoln Land Community College and Carl Wenning, Illinois State University.

Call for Papers
Contributed papers are scheduled on Friday afternoon and Saturday morning.  There are three categories of papers:
   (a) Regular
   (b) Active Learning
   (c) Student Research Symposium.
Please check the appropriate box on the online form.

Current list of papers:  submitted abstracts | details

Registration form  - online  |  mail or fax
Registration info
    name tags | list | feestake-fives | workshops | judges

East Peoria area - hotels | directions | campus map  

A special reminder for students:  As in the past, this spring you have an opportunity to win an award for your contributed paper in the Student Research Symposium.  Remember, to be considered you must register for the meeting and submit an abstract ahead of time.  Please indicate in the Paper Category box of the online form that you wish to be in the symposium.

Call for judges
:  We need instructors to serve as judges for this symposium.  Please indicate on your registration form if you are willing to serve.

The 2005-2006 Outstanding High School Physics Teacher Award will be awarded at the banquet on Friday evening. Congratulations to this year's recipient - Troy Gobble who teaches physics at Riverside-Brookfield High School in Riverside, Illinois.

The Council has a regular meeting scheduled for Saturday morning at 7:30 am.  Note the later starting time.

The program chair and local contact for sending forms by regular mail or Fax and for checking on classroom and lab facilities is:

Ken Mellendorf
Illinois Central College
Math, Science & Engineering
One College Drive
East Peoria, IL 61635
Phone: 309-694-5359
Fax: 309-694-5366

If you have any problems with submitting information via the online forms or if there are corrections to be made, contact the person who maintains these pages:

David R. Renneke

Department of Physics and Astronomy
Augustana College
Rock Island, IL 61201-2296
Phone: 309-794-3403
Fax:  309-794-7722


Illinois Section of the AAPT
Last update:  April 5, 2006