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ERIC Number: ED029775
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jan
Pages: 25
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Preparing High School Physics Teachers.
Green, Ben A., Jr.; And Others
Reported are (1) the status of preparation of physics teachers, and (2) recommendations for improving programs preparing physics teachers. The seriously declining high school physics enrollments are attributed, in part, to the shortage, or absence, of competent teachers. The effect this might have on the future supply of physicists is a major concern. A 1966 survey revealed that (1) well-known, high prestige college physics departments rarely had many courses to meet the needs of prospective high school physics teachers, (2) these departments typically graduate few physics teachers, and (3) less than 10 of the colleges surveyed graduated annually more than five physics teachers having a minimum of 18 semester hours of physics. Recommendations for improving high school physics teacher preparation programs include (1) preparing the physics teachers in at least one other area, (2) providing some courses other than the research-oriented bachelor's degree program, (3) planning the sequence of physics courses to recruit and accommodate students, (4) providing instructional styles that are compatible with high school methods of presentation, (5) including a course in the history and philosophy of physics, and (6) providing courses for inservice teachers. (DH)
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Authoring Institution: Commission on Coll. Physics, College Park, MD.