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ERIC Number: EJ849848
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 25
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
The "First Physics First" Movement, 1880-1920
Sheppard, Keith; Robbins, Dennis M.
Physics Teacher, v47 n1 p46-50 Jan 2009
The issue of the grade placement of the sciences in high school is a much-discussed topic and "Physics First" strands have become regular features at physics teacher conferences. The American Association of Physics Teachers has issued a position statement and published an informational guide concerning the movement. There is a "Physics First" website, a list-serv that provides a forum for discussion, and at least six doctoral dissertations have been completed on the topic, with more in preparation. The topic is not confined to the physics education community; the American Chemical Society opened a forum on "Physics First" and recently called for a conference session about the grade placement of chemistry. Biologists also recently held a symposium on "Capstone Biology" and published their proceedings.
American Association of Physics Teachers. One Physics Ellipse, College Park, MD 20740. Tel: 301-209-3300; Fax: 301-209-0845; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A