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ERIC Number: ED547650
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 16
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
High School Physics Textbooks, Resources and Teacher Resourcefulness: Results from the 2012-13 Nationwide Survey of High School Physics Teachers. Focus On
Tesfaye, Casey Langer; White, Susan
Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics
What textbooks are physics teachers using? How highly do they rate those textbooks? What other types of materials do teachers use? The textbooks and other resources used by high school physics teachers in the US have evolved along with the changing demands of physics classes and the evolving set of options available to teachers. In this report, Tesfaye and White identify the most widely used textbooks for each type of physics class and share the teachers' ratings of the textbooks they use. They then take a closer look at the other types of resources teachers are using for their classes. Teachers demonstrate quite a bit of initiative, creativity, and resourcefulness. Instead of simply using the texts that are supplied to them, they use a wide variety of resources in order to create a curriculum that works well with the needs of their students and the requirements of their schools.
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Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Institute of Physics, Statistical Research Center