Jennifer Docktor

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Ph.D. Candidate, Physics
University of Minnesota
145 Tate Laboratory of Physics
116 Church St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455


Background Information

Jennifer is a graduate student in Physics at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is working with Ken Heller and the Physics Education Research Group to develop and validate a physics problem solving assessment rubric. She is also studying gender differences in performance on physics concept exams. She regularly presents at local and national meetings of the American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT) and at the Physics Education Research Conference (PERC). This year she is also presenting at the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST) annual conference.

While in Minnesota, Jennifer has acquired expertise in: Context-Rich Problems, Cooperative Group Problem Solving, Problem Solving Laboratory curricula, and professional development for Teaching Assistants. She also maintains the research group's web site:

Related Pedagogical Projects

Jennifer's research on problem solving is supported by NSF grant DUE-0715615: Using Computers as Personal Problem Solving Coaches. She also participated in the INQUERI WISER II Workshop on Infrastructure for STEM Education Research.