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ERIC Number: EJ874150
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 12
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 56
ISSN: ISSN-1094-3277
The Relationship between the Urban Small Schools Movement and Access to Physics Education
Kelly, Angela M.; Sheppard, Keith
Science Educator, v19 n1 p14-25 Spr 2010
This study sought to examine physics offerings and enrollments, as well as teacher certification data, in small schools (less than 600 students) throughout New York City during the 2004-2005 academic year. Results were then compared to those for mid-sized (600-1200 students) and large (greater than 1200 students) high schools. The following overarching research question was considered: What is the relationship between school size and access to physics study, an established indicator of college preparedness? In addition, the study led the authors to examine several sub-questions: (a) How does physics course availability relate to school size when compared to other variables?; (b) Among schools that offer physics, which types of physics courses are available?; and (c) What is the proportion of physics-certified teachers, and how does this relate to school size? These research questions were explored utilizing data from the New York City Department of Education (NYCDoE), as well as survey responses obtained directly from school administrators. The analysis first considers current research on small schools, the status of physics availability in New York City's schools, and recent patterns of physics teacher quality. Next, the quantitative methodology and research design are described. Finally, results from the survey and a discussion of the potential relationship between the small schools initiative and physics education are presented. (Contains 3 figures and 5 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New York