unc_spring_1The Physics and Astronomy Education Research Group at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill conducts research into the teaching and learning of physics and astronomy.  We translate this research into active engagement curricula and alternative learning environments that are designed to improve students’ conceptual understandings, reasoning abilities, and problem solving skills.  In order to improve instructors’ abilities to implement such curricula, we are involved in multiple professional development workshops nationwide.  Our work focuses on physics and astronomy courses for non-STEM majors, physical science majors, and life science majors.