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ERIC Number: ED265202
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Nov
Pages: 10
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Factors Contributing to Achievement in Statewide Physics Competition.
Harpole, Sandra; Gifford, Vernon
This study was conducted to relate personal, cognitive, and school variables to physics achievement. The sample consisted of 435 students participating in the 1985 Mississippi State University Annual Physics Competition. The Student Background Questionnaire was planned and developed to collect information on each variable examined. The predictor variables studied were pupil gender, composite score on the American College Test (ACT), ACT science score, ACT math score, number of laboratories per semester, type of laboratory work (demonstrations or small group), number of physics courses offered by high school, class size, number of girls in a class, career plans, and types of mathematics courses taken by the students. The correlation between physics achievement and each variable was determined. Multiple regression was used to determine what combination of variables would serve as the best predictor of physics achievement. The best combination set of predictor variables were: composite ACT scores, sex, calculus having been taken by the student, science ACT score, number of physics classes offered by school, and the type of laboratory work. The composite ACT score was the best predictor of physics achievement. (PN)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers
Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: ACT Assessment