ERIC Number: ED474718
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-Mar-23
Physics Last: A Historical Study of the Development of the US High School Science Sequence.
Sheppard, Keith; Robbins, Dennis M.
This study explores how and when physics became the last course in U.S. high school science and what impact this had on high school physics offerings and student enrollment. Four main areas of historical data were identified: (1) national and state education statistics; (2) reports from major organizations on reform and policy; (3) reports from professional educational societies and organizations; and (4) published educational research from professional journals and commentary by education reformers from particular time periods. The historical development of high school physics in the U.S. was analyzed. Findings were grouped into several pertinent areas regarding the order of the science courses, enrollment, and time allocation. (KHR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (Philadelphia, PA, March 23-26, 2003).