One semester of physics: What difference does it make to non-physics majors?

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Show simple item record Mendez, Alberto en_US Sharma, Manju en_US O'Byrne, John en_US Kirkup, Les en_US
dc.contributor.editor Pollard J en_US 2010-05-28T10:04:03Z 2010-05-28T10:04:03Z 2008 en_US
dc.identifier 2007005262 en_US
dc.identifier.citation Kirkup Leslie et al. 2008, 'One semester of physics: What difference does it make to non-physics majors?', Australian Institute of Physics, Adelaide, Australia, pp. 131-134. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1876346574 en_US
dc.identifier.other E1 en_US
dc.description.abstract How does a semester of physics impact on students who will go on to major in disciplines other than physics, and to what extent do their experiences depend, if at all, on whether the subject has been designed specifically for nonphysics majors? In this national study, supported by funding from the Australian Learning and Teaching Council (ALTC), we have surveyed students about their expectations and experiences in 35 subjects taught to non-physics majors from 22 Australian universities. Over 7000 completed surveys were returned for analysis. The surveys were carried out at the beginning and end of one semester and sought student views on matters including whether they expected links to be made between the physics subject and their major area of study, and whether they found the laboratories a positive learning experience. Here we report preliminary qualitative and quantitative findings from this study which suggests that student experiences of the subject cannot be related directly to whether the subject has been specifically designed for non-physics majors. The laboratory experience of non-physics majors is revealed as a matter deserving of attention, as 15% of all comments made to an open-ended question referred negatively to the laboratory experience compared to 4% describing positive experiences. en_US
dc.language en_US
dc.publisher Australian Institute of Physics en_US
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dc.title One semester of physics: What difference does it make to non-physics majors? en_US
dc.parent Australian Institute of Physics, 18th National Congress en_US
dc.journal.volume en_US
dc.journal.number en_US
dc.publocation Adelaide, Australia en_US
dc.identifier.startpage 131 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 134 en_US SCI.Physics and Advanced Materials en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.for 029900 en_US
dc.personcode 900469 en_US
dc.personcode 103994 en_US
dc.personcode 0000022252 en_US
dc.personcode 0000045791 en_US
dc.percentage 100 en_US Other Physical Sciences en_US
dc.classification.type FOR-08 en_US
dc.edition en_US
dc.custom Congress of the Australian Institute of Physics en_US 20081130 en_US
dc.location.activity Adelaide, Australia en_US
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