ERIC Number: ED168885
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1978
Reference Count: 0
Declining Enrollment in Physics: What Can We Do?
Fletcher, Richard K., Jr.
Reports regarding enrollment in high school physics show that the number of students enrolled in physics increased until the late 1960's but the percentage enrollment in high school physics has dropped almost continuously. Some reasons for this are that physics courses are generally thought of as college preparatory curriculum and are sometimes directed at the few students who are interested in a college program in one of the sciences. Students enrolled in high school physics come from the upper portion of their classes. In addition, many of our practices and ideas suggest that physics is only for the elite. A physics curriculum, Project Physics, has been developed which does not rely as heavily on mathematics as do traditional courses and is suitable for sophomores. It is suggested that introduction of a course such as Project Physics for students who do not have the mathematical aptitude or are not interested in a career in science would be useful as an alternative to the traditional approach. (BB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the Science Association of Tennessee (Cookeville, Tennessee, November 11, 1978)