Bulletin of the American Physical Society
APS March Meeting 2012
Volume 57, Number 1
Monday–Friday, February 27–March 2 2012; Boston, Massachusetts
Session J2: Invited Session: K-12 Science Education: Closing the Gap with the Leading Nations
11:15 AM–2:15 PM,
Tuesday, February 28, 2012
Sponsoring Unit: FEd
Chair: Paul Cottle, Florida State University
Abstract ID: BAPS.2012.MAR.J2.5
Abstract: J2.00005 : The Role of Pre-College Preparation in College Physics Success*
1:39 PM–2:15 PM
Preview Abstract Abstract
(Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics)
There is no shortage of, often contradictory, opinions concerning how best to prepare students for college physics, but personal experience is a poor substitute for rigorous investigation. After collecting data from 11,000 science students and their instructors at randomly chosen colleges and universities, we can offer a more universal picture of the middle school to college learning progression in physics. Using epidemiological methods to mine the backgrounds of students taking introductory physics courses, we find predictors of performance and persistence while controlling for demographic differences. I will report on our findings on the value of middle school physical science preparation, lab experiences, technology use, classroom demonstrations, coverage, block scheduling, Advanced Placement, Physics First, project work, and facility in mathematics.
*The work has been supported by NSF projects: GSE/RES 624444 Persistence Research in Science and Engineering and 635090, Synthesis of Research on Advanced High School Coursework in Science and Mathematics.
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