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ERIC Number: EJ974135
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Jan
Pages: 3
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
The Numbers Speak: Physics First Supports Math Performance
Glasser, Howard M.
Physics Teacher, v50 n1 p53-55 Jan 2012
More schools in the United States have begun teaching physics to ninth-graders, but there continues to be limited evidence that such a change benefits students. Many arguments in favor of Physics First and the inverted sequence of physics-chemistry-biology are based more on the intellectual logic of the sequence than on measured outcomes. Paul Lulai raised a similar concern in the November 2005 edition of "The Physics Teacher," calling for "non-anecdotal evidence" that such a curricular change leads to various outcomes including "improved scores on standardized tests" and "improved mathematics understanding and achievement." This paper describes a study of a Physics First program at one school that suggests that this change to freshman physics positively impacted students' mathematical performance on standardized tests.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Grade 9; High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United States