publication . Article . Other literature type . 2014

Correlating student interest and high school preparation with learning and performance in an introductory university physics course

David M. Harrison;
Open Access English
  • Published: 07 Apr 2014 Journal: Physical Review Special Topics. Physics Education Research (issn: 1554-9178, Copyright policy)
  • Publisher: American Physical Society
Abstract
We have studied the correlation of student performance in a large first year university physics course with their reasons for taking the course and whether or not the student took a senior-level high school physics course. Performance was measured both by the Force Concept Inventory and by the grade on the final examination. Students who took the course primarily for their own interest outperformed students who took the course primarily because it was required, both on the Force Concept Inventory and on the final examination; students who took a senior-level high school physics course outperformed students who did not, also both on the Force Concept Inventory an...
Subjects
ACM Computing Classification System: ComputingMilieux_COMPUTERSANDEDUCATION
free text keywords: Special aspects of education, LC8-6691, General Physics and Astronomy, Education
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