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ERIC Number: EJ860213
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 9
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Physics First? Survey First!
Korsunsky, Boris; Agar, Ozymandias
Physics Teacher, v46 n1 p15-18 Jan 2008
The idea of teaching physics to ninth-graders, known as "Physics First," has become more and more popular among physics educators in this country. However, introducing ninth-grade physics has been an uphill battle; such a change has a major impact on the students, parents, teachers, and the school administration. Switching to Physics First affects the entire science (and possibly mathematics) curriculum. If and when the decision to switch has been made, it is crucial that the implementation of that switch is as flawless as possible right from the start. To achieve that, the administration and the science departments should gather as much relevant information as possible. A good way to start is to explore the state of mind of those affected most directly: the students.
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: Grade 9
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A