ERIC Number: ED110281
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1972
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Factors Related to Enrollment in Secondary School Physics.
Poole, William F., Jr.
This research attempted to identify some of the possible factors related to the downward trend in secondary school physics enrollment in the United States. A pilot study was conducted in one high school to develop a "Science Attitude Inventory" that was then administered to 3,738 college preparatory students in 11 secondary schools in the northeastern Massachusetts area. The 40-item Likert-type scale inventory asked physics and non-physics students to respond to statements about physics. An identical inventory was administered to chemistry and non-chemistry students and biology and non-biology students except the word "physics" was changed to "chemistry" and "biology" respectively. In the analysis, physics, chemistry, and biology were considered as three levels of "science courses," and the students' enrollment or unenrollment was two levels of "enrollment." This 3 x 2 factorial design employed analysis of variance as the statistical method. The data indicated that students who elect physics have: (1) a more positive overall attitude toward physics; (2) more positive feelings about "Attitudes Toward a Course in Physics" and "Career, Practical, or Educational Significance" of physics; (3) more positive attitudes toward chemistry; and (4) high scores of intelligence, aptitude, and academic achievement. (Author/MLH)
Descriptors: Doctoral Dissertations, Educational Research, Enrollment Influences, Physics, Science Education, Scientific Attitudes, Secondary Education, Secondary School Science, Student Attitudes
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Note: Ed.D. Dissertation, Boston University School of Education