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Participation rates in physics 12 in BC: Science teachers��� and students��� views

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. �� 2007 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Nashon, S. M., & Nielsen, W. S. (2007). Participation rates in physics 12 in BC: Science teachers��� and students��� views. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 7(2-3), 93-106. doi:10.1080/14926150709556722

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85011518857

Start Page


  • 93

End Page


  • 106

Volume


  • 7

Issue


  • 2-3

Place Of Publication


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. �� 2007 Taylor and Francis Group, LLC.

Publication Date


  • 2007

Citation


  • Nashon, S. M., & Nielsen, W. S. (2007). Participation rates in physics 12 in BC: Science teachers��� and students��� views. Canadian Journal of Science, Mathematics and Technology Education, 7(2-3), 93-106. doi:10.1080/14926150709556722

Scopus Eid


  • 2-s2.0-85011518857

Start Page


  • 93

End Page


  • 106

Volume


  • 7

Issue


  • 2-3

Place Of Publication