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AAPT (American Association of Physics Teachers)

AAPT's mission is to enhance the understanding and appreciation of physics through teaching.

When the organization was established in 1930, their goal was clear: "ensuring the dissemination of the knowledge of physics, particularly by way of teaching." Now in their ninth decade, they remain committed to that core value, but with a new emphasis and meaning provided by their current mission statement.

Their vision is to be the leader in physics education. They are committed to providing the most current resources and up-to-date research needed to enhance a physics educator's professional development. The results are not only a deeper appreciation of the teaching profession, but most importantly, more enthusiastic involvement from their students.

The Association has identified four critical issues that will guide our future activities:

  1. Increase AAPT's outreach to and impact on physics teachers
  2. Increase the diversity and numbers of physics teachers and students
  3. Improve the pedagogical skills and physics knowledge of teachers at all levels
  4. Increase our understanding of physics learning and of ways to improve teaching effectiveness