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Hazari, Zahra; Brewe, Eric; Goertzen, Renee Michelle; Hodapp, Theodore – Physics Teacher, 2017
Given the historic and continued underrepresentation of women in physics, it is important to understand the role that high school physics might play in attracting female students to physics careers. Drawing on data from over 900 female undergraduates in physics, we examine when these women became interested in physics careers and different sources…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Teachers, Secondary School Teachers, Females
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Wiener, Gergried J.; Schmeling, Sascha M.; Hopf, Martin – Physics Teacher, 2017
We have developed a learning unit based on the Standard Model of particle physics, featuring novel typographic illustrations of elementary particles and particle systems. Since the unit includes antiparticles and systems of antiparticles, a visualization of anticolor charge was required. We propose an alternative to the commonly used…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Color, Visualization
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White, Susan C. – Physics Teacher, 2016
Last month we highlighted our Quadrennial Survey of High School Physics Teachers. Using data from the survey, we have looked at the availability of high school physics. We report that about 95% of high school seniors attend a high school where physics is offered regularly--either every year or every other year. A U.S. Department of Education…
Descriptors: Surveys, Secondary School Teachers, Secondary School Science, Science Teachers
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White, Susan C. – Physics Teacher, 2016
Since 2000, we have published a series of flyers highlighting various data of interest to physics faculty members and students. For example, our Fall 2015 Physics Trends flyers display the employment sectors where physics bachelor's degree recipients work, the knowledge used frequently by mid-career PhD physicists working primarily in private…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, High Schools
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Hechter, Richard P. – Physics Teacher, 2016
This year while awaiting the arrival of the AAPT High School Physics Photo Contest poster, I developed an idea for my physics teacher education course that used the photo contest in a new context. While using an external source like a photograph to learn physics is not new to physics education, this article describes how we used the foundational…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Education, Secondary School Science, Science Teachers
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White, Susan C. – Physics Teacher, 2015
In our September column, we noted that Hispanic and African-American seniors were less likely to have taken a high school physics course than their peers, and we suggested that socioeconomic status (SES) played a role in the lower participation. In the figure, we display the proportion of seniors, of physics teachers, and of physics enrollments at…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Secondary School Science, High School Students
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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
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White, Susan – Physics Teacher, 2013
Student preparation can be quite nuanced. Not only have students been exposed to a variety of preparatory classes and outside influences, but students also vary in their commitment and approach to their current classes. We asked teachers to offer their opinions on their students' preparation for physics in a number of areas. The overall…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Physics, Secondary School Science, High School Students
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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
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Baird, Dean – Physics Teacher, 2013
Few workshops for teachers focus primarily on instruction methods for basic high school physics. In Northern California, Physics Teacher SOS (PTSOS) has gained popularity doing just that. PTSOS workshops are directed toward early-career science teachers, though veterans are welcome too. The program is not influenced by scientific supply companies,…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Instruction, Science Teachers, Secondary School Science
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Physics Teacher, 2012
We divided our high school physics teaching experience into three groups: first year teaching physics, second or third year teaching physics, and four or more years of experience teaching physics. We did this because everything is new for teachers teaching a course for the first time. The second and third time through the course, teachers learn…
Descriptors: Physics, Teaching Experience, Science Instruction, High Schools
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Physics Teacher, 2012
There are two sides of the physics teacher turnover equation: teachers leaving and teachers entering. This month we will focus on teachers' future teaching plans. As seen in the figure, about 5% of the 27,000 teachers who taught physics in U.S. high schools in 2008-09 were in their first year of teaching physics (but not necessarily their first…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Teachers, Teacher Persistence, Faculty Mobility
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Sabella, Mel S.; Van Duzor, Andrea G.; Passehl, Jennie; Weisenburger, Kara – Physics Teacher, 2012
Because of the diverse character of colleges and universities throughout the United States, it is naive to believe that a one-size-fits-all model of teacher preparation aligns with specific resources and student population needs. Exploring innovative models that challenge traditional programs is now being encouraged by organizations such as the…
Descriptors: Physics, Science Teachers, Preservice Teacher Education, College School Cooperation
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Physics Teacher, 2011
When we look at physics offerings by socioeconomic profile of the school, we do not find dramatic differences in the number of seniors enrolled at each type of school; the number of physics teachers is also fairly evenly distributed. About one-third of the seniors and one-third of the physics teachers are at each type of school. However, there are…
Descriptors: Physics, Profiles, Institutional Characteristics, Socioeconomic Influences
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Paredes, Jesus; del Barco, Enrique – Physics Teacher, 2010
High school physics students are often capable of, and commonly interested in, understanding natural phenomena beyond those described in their textbooks. In order to supplement the shortage of topics covered in their physics courses, many students turn to popular scientific books, journals, and other media. There, they discover a plethora of…
Descriptors: Web Sites, High Schools, Electronic Publishing, Textbooks
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