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Career aspirations and employment experience of physics students

Jennings, P.J. and Zadnik, M.G. (1980) Career aspirations and employment experience of physics students. Australian Science Teachers Journal, 26 . pp. 31-38.

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Conflicting claims have been made recently about an alleged decline in physical science enrolments in Australian secondary schools, colleges and universities. In a previous paper (Jennings and Carras, 1979) we investigated these claims using Western Australian enrolment figures and found that there was no evidence of a decline in the numbers studying physical science in W .A. However high school enrolments in Biology have grown more rapidly than those in Physics and Chemistry. We attributed this to a number of factors including the perceived difficulty of physical science subjects and the wide range of optional courses now available to upper secondary students.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Publisher: Australian Science Teachers Association.
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