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Article: On the declining interest in physics among students - from the perspective of teachers

TitleOn the declining interest in physics among students - from the perspective of teachers
Authors
KeywordsPhysics teachers' views
Rasch analysis
Singapore
Unpopularity of physics
Issue Date2011
PublisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/09500693.asp
Citation
International Journal of Science Education, 2011, v. 33 n. 5, p. 727-746 How to Cite?
AbstractThis study examines physics teachers' views on factors that contribute to the declining interest in physics among school students. A total of 190 physics teachers from 91 secondary schools and nine junior colleges in Singapore participated in this study, which used a survey instrument to seek their views. Rasch analysis was used to analyze the data. The findings showed that teachers are uncertain about the career prospects of physics graduates and are not very optimistic about the market demand for physics graduates. They feel that physics seems to be difficult and abstract to students. The perception that physics is for boys seems to be rooted in society. The teachers emphasized the importance of co-curricular activities and laboratory work to enhance interest of students in learning physics. We provide several recommendations to arrest the declining interest in physics at the school level. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.
Persistent Identifierhttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/160558
ISSN
2015 Impact Factor: 1.0
2015 SCImago Journal Rankings: 1.256
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dc.contributor.authorOon, PTen_US
dc.contributor.authorSubramaniam, Ren_US
dc.date.accessioned2012-08-16T06:14:06Z-
dc.date.available2012-08-16T06:14:06Z-
dc.date.issued2011en_US
dc.identifier.citationInternational Journal of Science Education, 2011, v. 33 n. 5, p. 727-746en_US
dc.identifier.issn0950-0693-
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/10722/160558-
dc.description.abstractThis study examines physics teachers' views on factors that contribute to the declining interest in physics among school students. A total of 190 physics teachers from 91 secondary schools and nine junior colleges in Singapore participated in this study, which used a survey instrument to seek their views. Rasch analysis was used to analyze the data. The findings showed that teachers are uncertain about the career prospects of physics graduates and are not very optimistic about the market demand for physics graduates. They feel that physics seems to be difficult and abstract to students. The perception that physics is for boys seems to be rooted in society. The teachers emphasized the importance of co-curricular activities and laboratory work to enhance interest of students in learning physics. We provide several recommendations to arrest the declining interest in physics at the school level. © 2011 Taylor & Francis.-
dc.languageengen_US
dc.publisherRoutledge. The Journal's web site is located at http://www.tandf.co.uk/journals/titles/09500693.aspen_US
dc.relation.ispartofInternational Journal of Science Educationen_US
dc.subjectPhysics teachers' views-
dc.subjectRasch analysis-
dc.subjectSingapore-
dc.subjectUnpopularity of physics-
dc.titleOn the declining interest in physics among students - from the perspective of teachersen_US
dc.typeArticleen_US
dc.identifier.emailOon, PT: peytee@hku.hken_US
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dc.identifier.doi10.1080/09500693.2010.500338-
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dc.identifier.hkuros202565en_US
dc.identifier.volume33en_US
dc.identifier.issue5-
dc.identifier.spage727en_US
dc.identifier.epage746en_US
dc.identifier.isiWOS:000300218000006-
dc.publisher.placeUnited Kingdom-
dc.identifier.citeulike8992078-

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