ERIC Number: EJ1162382
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Jan
Abstractor: As Provided
Interactive Physics Apparatus: Influence on Interest of Secondary School Students in Pursuing a Career Path in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)
Lubrica, Joel V.; Abiasen, Jovalson T.; Dolipas, Bretel B.; Ramos, Jennifer Lyn S.
Physics Education, v52 n1 Article 015017 Jan 2017
In this article, we present results of our endeavours as physics educators to facilitate and support pedagogical change and development in the educational system of a developing country, the Philippines. We have discovered that the interaction of junior high school (years 7-10) students with physics apparatus can influence students' interest in pursuing a career in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This assertion stems from self-reports of students who gave their views immediately after their exposure to interactive apparatus in their own school, outside of their usual lessons. Participants claimed that their interest in following a STEM career path was 'greatly increased' due to their exposure to these apparatus. This was true even for students who were intending to take a non-STEM career path. Thus, we recommend that, in settings that have constraints involving access to practical equipment, ways to introduce school level interactive physics apparatus to secondary school students be conducted in order to attract more students towards STEM courses. Possibly, policies encouraging this type of exposure should also be formulated.
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Physics, Science Instruction, Junior High School Students, Science Laboratories, Laboratory Equipment, STEM Education, Student Attitudes, Student Interests, Career Choice, Foreign Countries, Laboratory Schools, Likert Scales
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Secondary Education
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Identifiers - Location: Philippines
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