ERIC Number: ED059070
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
A Study of Junior College Level Physics in German Speaking Europe.
Riggs, Roderick D.
The purpose of this study was to analyze physics instruction in West Germany, Austria, and German-speaking Switzerland at levels comparable to junior colleges in the United States, and to compare this with the physics instruction offered at Jackson Community College (Jackson, Michigan). The investigator spent four months interviewing faculty and students in the various types of high schools, engineering colleges, and universities in the three countries. His findings are reported under three headings: Students, Curriculum, and Evaluation. The first section summarizes the distribution of sex, age and socioeconomic status of the students, average class loads, admission and graduation ratios, and the sizes of the various institutions. The second section compares the level, rigidity and objectives of the physics curricula, the methods of conducting classes, and the associated mathematical requirements. The third section covers the examination requirements and procedures for admission and graduation at the different levels. A large part of the paper is then devoted to an interpretation of these findings and a comparison with physics education in junior colleges in the United States. (MM)
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Jackson Community Coll., MI.
Identifiers: Austria; Switzerland; United States; West Germany