ERIC Number: ED310918
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1989-Mar-20
Development of Students' Interest in Physics in Relation to Characteristics of Instruction and Out-of-School Conditions.
Many studies have confirmed that students' interest in physics decreases during the secondary school level and that girls are, in general, less interested in physics than boys. This is an interim report of a six-year cross sectional and longitudinal study investigating the structure of interest in physics and technology and the relationship of school conditions to the development of interests during grades five through ten. Test items were developed related to eight physics topics, seven contexts for work with the topics, and four levels of activities. Results based on the cross sectional study are reported: (1) students' interest in physics; (2) students' interests in various contexts and classroom activities; (3) interest in physics in relation to parental behavior; and (4) instructional climate. Ideas for making physics more interesting for girls are listed. Examples of the test items and 31 references are appended. (YP)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Kiel Univ. (West Germany). Institut fuer die Paedagogik der Naturwissenschaften.
Identifiers - Location: West Germany