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Sheppard, Keith; Gunning, Amanda M. – Physics Teacher, 2013
Edwin Herbert Hall (1855-1938), discoverer of the Hall effect, was one of the first winners of the AAPT Oersted Medal for his contributions to the teaching of physics. While Hall's role in establishing laboratory work in high schools is widely acknowledged, his position as chair of the physics section of the Committee on College Entrance…
Descriptors: Physics, Secondary School Science, College Admission, Admission Criteria
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Sheppard, Keith; Robbins, Dennis M. – Physics Teacher, 2009
The issue of the grade placement of the sciences in high school is a much-discussed topic and "Physics First" strands have become regular features at physics teacher conferences. The American Association of Physics Teachers has issued a position statement and published an informational guide concerning the movement. There is a "Physics First"…
Descriptors: Conferences (Gatherings), Placement, Physics, Doctoral Dissertations
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Kelly, Angela M.; Sheppard, Keith – Physics Teacher, 2008
Despite reports to the contrary, the availability of physics as a course for high school students is not equitably distributed throughout the United States. While some schools provide physics for all who wish to take it, a more common scenario is limited availability, often open only to the few students who have completed the necessary…
Descriptors: Physics, High School Students, Secondary School Science, Urban Schools