ERIC Number: ED438185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2000
Student Expectations in Introductory Physics.
Redish, Edward F.; Saul, Jeffery M.; Steinberg, Richard N.
Students' understanding of what science is about and how it is done and their expectations as to what goes on in a science course play a powerful role in what they can get out of introductory college physics. This is particularly true when there is a large gap between what the students expect to do and what the instructor expects them to do. This paper describes the Maryland Physics Expectations (MPEX) Survey, a 34-item Likert-scale survey that probes student attitudes, beliefs, and assumptions about physics. The results of pre- and post-instruction delivery of this survey to 1500 students in introductory calculus-based physics at 6 colleges and universities are presented. Findings indicate a large gap between the expectations of experts and novices and a tendency for student expectations to deteriorate rather than improve as a result of a semester of introductory physics. (Contains 36 references.) (Author/WRM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Note: Originally published in the American Journal of Physics, v66 p212-24, 1998.