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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; Tyler, John – AIP Statistical Research Center, 2014
During the 2012-13 academic year, the authors collected data from a representative national sample of over 3,500 public and private high schools across the U.S. to inquire about physics availabilities and offerings. This report describes their findings.
Descriptors: Physics, Secondary School Teachers, High Schools, National Surveys
Tyler, John; White, Susan – AIP Statistical Research Center, 2014
During the 2012-13 academic year, the Statistic Research Center (SRC) collected data from a representative national sample of over 3,500 public and private high schools across the U.S. to inquire about physics availabilities and offerings. This report describes their findings. SRC takes two different approaches to describe the characteristics of…
Descriptors: Secondary School Teachers, High Schools, Physics, National Surveys
Tesfaye, Casey Langer; White, Susan – Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics, 2014
What textbooks are physics teachers using? How highly do they rate those textbooks? What other types of materials do teachers use? The textbooks and other resources used by high school physics teachers in the US have evolved along with the changing demands of physics classes and the evolving set of options available to teachers. In this report,…
Descriptors: High Schools, Secondary School Science, Physics, Textbooks
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
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White, Susan; Tesfaye, Casey Langer – Physics Teacher, 2014
Since 1987, the Statistical Research Center at the American Institute of Physics has regularly conducted a nationwide survey of high school physics teachers to take a closer look at physics in U.S. high schools. We contact all of the teachers who teach at least one physics course at a nationally representative sample of all U.S. high schools-both…
Descriptors: High School Students, Physics, Enrollment Trends, Questionnaires
White, Susan; Chu, Raymond – Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics, 2013
This "Focus On" first considers the role two-year colleges (TYCs) play in post-secondary physics education. In their 2007 Survey of Undergraduate Seniors in degree-granting physics departments, the authors asked students if they had begun their post-secondary education at a TYC. Nine percent of the physics undergraduate seniors in 2007…
Descriptors: Two Year Colleges, Postsecondary Education, Science Education, Physics
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White, Susan – Physics Teacher, 2013
We asked high school physics teachers to assess their level of preparation across a number of domains. Almost all (98%) reported feeling adequately or well prepared in terms of their basic physics knowledge. The chart presents teachers' responses to their self-assessed level of preparation in six different areas. Almost all feel at least…
Descriptors: Physics, Secondary School Teachers, Science Teachers, High Schools
White, Susan; Tesfaye, Casey Langer – Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics, 2011
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: Disproportionate Representation, Minority Group Students, High School Students, Physics
White, Susan; Tesfaye, Casey Langer – Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics, 2011
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. The authors received responses from over 99% of the schools. For the schools which indicated they were offering physics, they obtained contact information for the…
Descriptors: Physics, Secondary School Science, High School Students, Females
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
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, School Surveys, Secondary School Science
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, National Surveys, Teacher Surveys