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Factors impacting students' decisions around Physics 12

Journal Article


Abstract


  • In recent years, participation rates in the British Columbia (BC)

    provincial physics exams have been low, compared with chemistry and biology. A

    qualitative study employing questionnaire and interview methods sought the

    views of teachers and students of senior science courses on why this is the case.

    Data analysis revealed that students’ decisions about Physics 12 were influenced

    by their perceptions of the mathematical content of physics, the physics teachers’

    personalities and teaching styles, the perceived difficulty of physics, and prior

    experience of physics. We conclude that enhancing student interest in taking

    physics at advanced high school levels may necessitate a wider, more articulated

    exposure to topics in physics, together with more careful attention

    to mathematical background and skills.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Nashon, S. & Nielsen, W. S. (2007). Factors impacting students'' decisions around Physics 12. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 7 (2&3), 93-106.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/edupapers/718

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 93

End Page


  • 106

Volume


  • 7

Issue


  • 2&3

Abstract


  • In recent years, participation rates in the British Columbia (BC)

    provincial physics exams have been low, compared with chemistry and biology. A

    qualitative study employing questionnaire and interview methods sought the

    views of teachers and students of senior science courses on why this is the case.

    Data analysis revealed that students’ decisions about Physics 12 were influenced

    by their perceptions of the mathematical content of physics, the physics teachers’

    personalities and teaching styles, the perceived difficulty of physics, and prior

    experience of physics. We conclude that enhancing student interest in taking

    physics at advanced high school levels may necessitate a wider, more articulated

    exposure to topics in physics, together with more careful attention

    to mathematical background and skills.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Nashon, S. & Nielsen, W. S. (2007). Factors impacting students'' decisions around Physics 12. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 7 (2&3), 93-106.

Ro Metadata Url


  • http://ro.uow.edu.au/edupapers/718

Number Of Pages


  • 13

Start Page


  • 93

End Page


  • 106

Volume


  • 7

Issue


  • 2&3