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Stiles-Clarke, Laura; MacLeod, Katarin – European Journal of Physics Education, 2016
For the past 40 years, there has been apprehension in North American society, and particularly in the scientific community, concerning the decline of interest and enrollment in science degree programs at the post-secondary level. This trend has proven very difficult to reverse. The purpose of this study was to explore why students at an Atlantic…
Descriptors: Majors (Students), Physics, Course Selection (Students), Decision Making
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MacLeod, Katarin – European Journal of Physics Education, 2014
Science, Technology, Society and Environment (STSE) education has received attention in educational research, policy, and science curricula development, yet less advancement has been made in moving theory into practice. There are many examples of STSE-based teaching in science at the elementary and secondary levels, yet little has focused…
Descriptors: Preservice Teachers, Student Teacher Attitudes, High Schools, Secondary School Science
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Thomas, Gregory P; Meldrum, Al; Beamish, John – European Journal of Physics Education, 2013
First-year undergraduate physics laboratories are important physics learning environments. However, there is a lack of empirically informed literature regarding how students perceive their overall laboratory learning experiences. Recipe formats persist as the dominant form of instructional design in these sites, and these formats do not adequately…
Descriptors: College Science, Undergraduate Study, Physics, Science Instruction