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ERIC Number: EJ898845
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Feb
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 23
ISSN: ISSN-0018-9359
Bridging Physics to Electronics--An Outreach Effort
Tan, Kok-Kiong; Tang, Kok-Zuea; Ng, Vivian; Tay, Arthur; Yen, Shih-Cheng; Lee, Tong-Heng
IEEE Transactions on Education, v53 n1 p3-11 Feb 2010
Physics has been an important part of the science curriculum in high schools. Without the appropriate high school physics background, it is difficult for a student subsequently to pursue an electronics engineering program at the university level since a good understanding of many concepts in physics is required to comprehend the material covered in electronics-related courses. Unfortunately, a phenomenon observed in today's high schools is a clear diminution of student interest in physics, leading to dwindling physics class sizes compared to a decade ago. The lack of interest in and passion for physics at the high school level ultimately leads to smaller intakes at the university level for electronics engineering courses and/or lower qualification cutoffs for students entering the programs. This results in a significant reduction in good students graduating from engineering programs. This paper will first share survey results that reveal possible reasons behind the decreasing number of students entering engineering programs. Two concerted efforts launched from the National University of Singapore (NUS) to arrest the declining interest in high schools will then be presented. (Contains 3 tables and 17 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Singapore