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ERIC Number: EJ1048650
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013-Dec
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 30
ISSN: ISSN-1449-6313
Cohort Size, Sex and Socio-Economic Status as Predictors of Success in Year 12 Physics in Perth, 1987-1997
Geelan, David; Louden, William; Wildy, Helen
Teaching Science, v59 n4 p22-26 Dec 2013
A variety of factors are associated with students' achievement in secondary school physics, including cohort size--the total number of students studying Physics in the school--and socioeconomic status. Earlier studies also showed boys achieving better in Physics, while more recent research has shown better results for girls. Statistical analysis of the results of 25,682 Year 12 physics students from 99 schools in the Perth metropolitan area explored three factors related to performance in the physics course. Results were also analysed in terms of the schooling sectors--state, Catholic, high fee non-Catholic (grammar school) and low fee non-Catholic (smaller Christian and other independent schools)--from which students were drawn. Cohort size and socio-economic status were found to be strongly correlated with physics success, while sex was not found to have a significant correlation with achievement.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education; Grade 12; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia