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ERIC Number: EJ881868
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jun
Pages: 24
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 27
ISSN: ISSN-0267-1522
A Framework for Understanding Physics Instruction in Secondary and College Courses
Blickenstaff, Jacob Clark
Research Papers in Education, v25 n2 p177-200 Jun 2010
The continued downward spiral of enrollment in physical sciences in the USA and Europe has science educators concerned on both sides of the Atlantic. Physics has been particularly hard-hit, with the percentage of students choosing to major in the subject at the lowest level in decades. University physics has a reputation as a difficult, abstract subject with little application to the real world and introductory physics has little impact on students' conception of the discipline. Understanding how students experience their initial exposure to physics instruction could help physics educators to make the kind of targeted curriculum changes that will bring students back to physics without compromising intellectual rigor. This study makes use of qualitative methods of interview, observation and document analysis to explore how secondary and university students experienced introductory physics laboratory instruction in the Western United States. A framework relating the academic programme, the instructors, students and their laboratory groups is proposed as a way to make sense of these complex interactions. (Contains 6 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California