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About PEER

PEER is designed for emerging education researchers interested in expanding their theoretical or methodological expertise. Through peer and near-peer exchange, PEER helps faculty, postdocs and graduate students through field schools, intensive workshops, research projects, mentoring, and community involvement. Many continue on after taking the program, doing research in working groups, submitting papers for peer reviewed publication or designing research projects with others. PEER focuses on Discipline-based Education Research, advancing both scholarship and teaching goals that are valued at all types of academic institutions.

Who Benefits From the PEER Program?

PEER participants come from a wide range of science backgrounds and professions. Participants include:

  • discipline-based education researchers looking to expand their methodological repertoire
  • disciplinary faculty just getting started on the scholarship of teaching and learning
  • education faculty looking to join a research group and access video-based data
  • faculty development experts learning to mentor faculty through scholarship of teaching and learning (SoTL) projects 
  • grad students and postdocs who need mentoring and community support for their research projects
  • undergraduate students who attend field schools with their advisors

Current PEER World Locations

Rochester, NY, United States.
Cologne, Germany 
Kibungo, Rwanda
Monterrey, Mexico
Vancouver, British Columbia

PEER Workshop Topics

The available workshops span DBER and education specific, physics specific and general audiences beyond education. Most are 90 minutes - 3 hours in length, and a few can be expanded to a full day or compressed into 50 minutes. Full field schools are recommended to be 1-2 morning and 1-2 afternoon sessions. Workshops include topics with several specific areas covered within each of the following:

  • Research Life
  • Ethics
  • Getting Started with Research Design
  • Analysis Methods
  • Research Communication
  • Teaching Workshops
  • Colloquium-style Talks

Those interested in hosting a PEER workshop can choose from one of the many topics offered.
Available Workshop Topics Here

PEER Publications and Presentations

A compiled list of publications and presentations by individuals across the PEER host sites are available showing individual and collaborative research being done.
List of PEER Publications Here

Click the image below to watch the promotional video created by our collaborators and hosts at the University of Cologne for their PEER field school.