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

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dc.contributor.author Kirkup, L
dc.contributor.author Mendez, A
dc.contributor.author Sharma, M
dc.contributor.author O'Byrne, J
dc.contributor.editor Pollard, J
dc.date.accessioned 2010-05-28T10:04:03Z
dc.date.issued 2008-01
dc.identifier.citation Australian Institute of Physics, 18th National Congress, 2008, pp. 131 - 134
dc.identifier.isbn 1876346574
dc.identifier.other E1 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10453/11378
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.
dc.publisher Australian Institute of Physics
dc.title One semester of physics: What difference does it make to non-physics majors?
dc.type Conference Proceeding
dc.parent Australian Institute of Physics, 18th National Congress
dc.journal.number en_US
dc.publocation Adelaide, Australia en_US
dc.publocation Adelaide, Australia
dc.publocation Adelaide, Australia
dc.publocation Adelaide, Australia
dc.identifier.startpage 131 en_US
dc.identifier.endpage 134 en_US
dc.cauo.name SCI.Physics and Advanced Materials en_US
dc.conference Verified OK en_US
dc.conference Congress of the Australian Institute of Physics
dc.conference Congress of the Australian Institute of Physics
dc.conference Congress of the Australian Institute of Physics
dc.for 0299 Other Physical Sciences
dc.personcode 900469
dc.personcode 103994
dc.percentage 100 en_US
dc.classification.name 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
dc.date.activity 20081130 en_US
dc.date.activity 2008-11-30
dc.date.activity 2008-11-30
dc.date.activity 2008-11-30
dc.location.activity Adelaide, Australia en_US
dc.location.activity Adelaide, Australia
dc.location.activity Adelaide, Australia
dc.location.activity Adelaide, Australia
dc.description.keywords en_US
pubs.embargo.period Not known
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Science
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Faculty of Science/School of Physics and Advanced Materials
pubs.organisational-group /University of Technology Sydney/Strength - Materials and Technology for Energy Efficiency


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