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ERIC Number: ED113126
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
Pages: 211
Abstractor: N/A
Factors Responsible for the Non-Election of Physics by Eligible Secondary School Students in Alabama.
Dial, Elizabeth Ann
A sample of 400 students who had not taken physics and who were currently enrolled in Algebra II or a higher level mathematics course was selected for this study to determine possible factors that might have influenced their decision not to take physics. A data gathering instrument, consisting of the Student Questionnaire and the Questionnaire for Principals, provided items which served as variables and which were factor analyzed. Appropriate labels seemed to be: Intellectual Characteristics, Scientific Interest, School Factors, Peer Influence, and Influence of Family and Friends. Step-wise discriminant analysis, a multivariate technique, was used. Conclusions made concerning some of these factors as affecting physics enrollment included: (1) peer influence, more than any other factor, seemed to be more responsible for students' decisions regarding the election of physics; (2) scientific interest seemed to exert considerable influence; and (3) students' decisions appeared to be only moderately influenced by the intellectual characteristics of the students. This was probably due to the fact that the students in the sample were generally academically above-average and had somewhat similar backgrounds in mathematics. (Author/EB)
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: N/A
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Alabama