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White, Susan; Tyler, John – AIP Statistical Research Center, 2015
This report examines teachers' self-assessed preparedness to teach physics, their membership in professional organizations, and where they turn for help when they have questions. Almost every teacher reports feeling at least adequately prepared to teach basic physics knowledge and the application of physics to everyday experience. The smallest…
Descriptors: Secondary School Science, Physics, National Surveys, Knowledge Base for Teaching
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White, Susan; Tyler, John – Physics Teacher, 2015
During the 2012-13 school year, approximately 27,000 teachers taught at least one physics course in a U.S. high school. About one-third of those teachers have earned a degree in physics or physics education; the vast majority of the others have earned degrees in a variety of other science fields. About 53,000 physics classes were taught, ranging…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, High Schools, Secondary School Science, Physics
White, Susan; Tesfaye, Casey Langer – Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics, 2014
This report examines enrollments in high school physics during the 2012-13 school year. Based on data from the most recent survey (which includes both public and private high schools in the U.S.), it is estimated that 39% of the class of 2013 took high school physics before graduating. During the 2012-13 school year, 1.38 million students were…
Descriptors: High Schools, Physics, Science Education, National Surveys
White, Susan; Tesfaye, Casey Langer – Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics, 2014
In this report, the authors share their analysis of the data from over 3,500 high schools in the U.S. beginning with an examination of the availability of physics in U.S. high schools. The schools in their sample are a nationally-representative random sample of the almost 25,000 high schools in forty-nine of the fifty states. Table 1 shows the…
Descriptors: High Schools, Physics, Science Education, National Surveys
White, Susan; Tesfaye, Casey Langer – Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics, 2010
In the fall of 2008, the authors contacted a representative sample of over 3,600 high schools in the U.S., both public and private, to determine whether or not physics was taught there. They received responses from over 99% of the schools. For the schools which indicated they were offering physics, they obtained contact information for the…
Descriptors: High Schools, Physics, Secondary School Science, Private Schools