Journal of Physics Teacher Education Online

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Quite a wide range of pedagogical and philosophical subject matter is acceptable for publication. The main criterion for inclusion is that an article be in some way directly and broadly connected to the preparation of high school and/or middle school physics teacher candidates. Journal of Physics Teacher Education Online is not a forum for publishing general Physics Education Research (PER). Nonetheless, a PER-based article will be considered if it uses primarily teacher candidates as subjects in the study. NOT suitable for publication in JPTEO are articles that deal narrowly with physics subject matter. Such articles are more suitable for publications in journals like AAPT's The Physics Teacher, Physics Education, or the American Journal of Physics.

Journal of Physics Teacher Education Online is a practice-oriented journal, roughly analogous to The Physics Teacher but aimed at physics teacher education. JPTEO will include articles about professional development for in-service teachers, broad-based science teacher preparation, and will include physical science education. Articles relating to physical science teacher education as well as physics teacher education (grades 6-12) would be most apropos.

Any of the subject areas below would constitute material suitable for publication in JPEO.

  • Editorials
  • Letters to the Editor
  • Teaching Philosophies
  • Instructional Models
  • Program Overviews
  • Course Overviews
  • Model Lesson Plans (e.g., Inquiry, Modeling Method, PBL, Peer Instruction, etc.)
  • Continuing Professional Development
  • Clinical Experiences
  • Assessment Rubrics
  • Program Development Approaches (e.g., Report of Action Research)
  • Announcements
  • Features (What makes this program work?, etc.)
  • Online Resources (e.g., NAS, AAAS, NRC, and DOE books; AAPT resources)
  • Program Accreditation
  • Promote partnerships of various sorts (e.g., HS/University, University/University, etc.)
  • Grant information
  • Surveys and findings
  • Reviews of pertinent articles and books
  • Updates from special PTE-related programs (e.g., PhysTEC, Modeling Method, etc.)
  • News pertaining to PTE majors (e.g., meetings, scholarships, competitions, awards, etc.)

Page last updated September 22, 2009

Journal of Physics Teacher Education Online is independently
governed by its editorial staff who are solely responsible for its content.
JPTEO is published by the Illinois State University Department of Physics in cooperation with
ISU's Center for Mathematics, Science, and Technology (CeMaST).
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