ERIC Number: ED040041
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Mar-6
Reference Count: 0
The Distinguishing Characteristics of High Schools with High and Low Enrollments in Physics.
Van Koevering, Thomas E.
This paper presents the procedures, results, and conclusions of a study designed to determine if high schools with either high or low enrollments in physics exhibit any distinguishing characteristics that are measurable. The study involved 48 schools, 51 physics teachers, and 3767 students in the State of Michigan. Questionnaires were administered to (1) physics teachers, (2) physics students, (3) chemistry students, and (4) guidance counselors to collect data pertaining to the personality characteristics of the physics teachers, teaching loads, teaching experience, the learning environment, physics enrollment, the vocational choices of physics students, achievement and grades in physics and the reasons students give for taking physics. The findings show that (1) only a small percentage of students indicated that the physics teacher had either a positive or negative influence on their decision to take physics, (2) guidance counselors were more stringent than physics teachers with regard to the mathematics prerequisite of physics students, and (3) physics grades were in all cases lower than the grades physics students received in their other academic subjects. Some ideas for improving the physics enrollment are presented. Bibliography. (LC)
Publication Type: N/A
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Authoring Institution: Wisconsin Univ., Green Bay.
Note: Paper presented at Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (43rd, Minneapolis, Minn., March 5-8, 1970)