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ERIC Number: ED062120
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972-Feb
Pages: 17
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Student Perceptions of College Physics and Physics Teachers.
Elliott, Walter E.
This study sought answers to the question: In what ways were selected attitudes and other characteristics of college physics students related to their perceptions of physics and mathematics courses and of physics and mathematics teachers? The students were those enrolled in all sections of both the calculus and non-calculus oriented, three quarter sequenced, introductory general physics courses offered at California State Polytechnic College during Winter Quarter, 1971. The results indicated that students felt mathematics was more relevant and more palatable than physics. Physics courses were perceived as relatively low in stimulation, personal usefulness, social value, historical value, and political value. The laboratory experiences were described as not exciting intellectually, not personally useful, and not supportive of the lectures. Students who had high school physics held decided perceptual advantages over students who had not had high school physics. (Author/TS)
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Note: Paper presented at the American Association of Physics Teachers Annual Meeting, 41st, San Francisco, California, February 1972