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ERIC Number: EJ1056946
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Mar
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Who's Teaching What in High School Physics?
White, Susan; Tyler, John
Physics Teacher, v53 n3 p155-157 Mar 2015
During the 2012-13 school year, approximately 27,000 teachers taught at least one physics course in a U.S. high school. About one-third of those teachers have earned a degree in physics or physics education; the vast majority of the others have earned degrees in a variety of other science fields. About 53,000 physics classes were taught, ranging from conceptual physics through AP and second-year physics classes. Using data from our 2012-13 Nationwide Survey of High School Physics Teachers, we look at the teaching experience and academic preparation of teachers teaching various physics classes. We see that teachers with a degree in physics or physics education teach mostly physics classes (as opposed to non-physics). Furthermore, teachers with physics teaching experience and a degree in physics or physics education teach more AP and Honors physics classes than any other group of teachers.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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