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Increasing Physics Enrolment in Year 11

George, L. and Taylor, P.C. (2001) Increasing Physics Enrolment in Year 11. In: 50th Annual Meeting of the Australian Science Teachers Association (ASTA), 8 - 13 July 2001, Sydney, Australia



Research in the form of a case study explores the factors that influenced physics enrollment in year 11 of a group of students taught over three consecutive years, from year 8 to year 10 in a New South Wales country school. The findings reveal that students who enjoyed their learning experiences in junior science and achieved good results in science were confident in their ability and more likely to enroll in physics. Positive interpersonal; teacher behavior, together with an innovative curriculum, which includes fun and mentally challenging activities, contributed towards shaping positive attitudes to science and science careers. The role of strategic teaching was significant in increasing physics enrollment. Interview questionnaire is appended.

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