Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2003 09:15:37 -0400

Author: "Warren Hein"

Subject: AIP Reports

Post:

Two new reports have recently been issued by the Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics.

Broadening the Base: High Schools Physics at the Turn of a New Century

This report features findings from AIP's most recent Survey of High School Physics Teachers, documenting the steady rise of physics enrollments in the last 15 years to a post-war high of 31% of all high school seniors. The report also offers an updated look at the profile of physics teachers, including educational background, current teaching load, and professional environment and activities. Changes in the physics curriculum and the profile of students are also covered, along with a look at current challenges and the outlook for the future for high school physics education.


Physics in the Two-Year Colleges: 2001-02

This report features findings from the 2001-02 Survey of Two-Year College Physics Programs. It offers an updated look at program size; faculty background and current appointment; faculty turnover, including retirements and new hiring; and physics course offerings.

Both reports can be found at: http://www.aip.org/statistics/trends/hstrends.htm

Individual print copies are also available while supplies last by contacting Mark McFarling at mmcfarli@aip.org or calling (301) 209-3075.





From sampere@physics.syr.edu Fri Sep 12 06:47:52 2003
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Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2003 09:30:32 -0400
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They should do an independent study of New York State high school
enrollment over the next few years. Only 60 % of the students who took
the physics regents exam passed this year, quite similar to last year.
Teachers and school administrators are in an uproar right now. Watch
for enrollment in high school physics to drop drastically.

Sam

Warren Hein wrote:

>Two new reports have recently been issued by the Statistical Research Center of the American Institute of Physics.
>
>Broadening the Base: High Schools Physics at the Turn of a New Century
>
>This report features findings from AIP's most recent Survey of High School Physics Teachers, documenting the steady rise of physics enrollments in the last 15 years to a post-war high of 31% of all high school seniors. The report also offers an updated look at the profile of physics teachers, including educational background, current teaching load, and professional environment and activities. Changes in the physics curriculum and the profile of students are also covered, along with a look at current challenges and the outlook for the future for high school physics education.
>
>
>Physics in the Two-Year Colleges: 2001-02
>
>This report features findings from the 2001-02 Survey of Two-Year College Physics Programs. It offers an updated look at program size; faculty background and current appointment; faculty turnover, including retirements and new hiring; and physics course offerings.
>
>Both reports can be found at: http://www.aip.org/statistics/trends/hstrends.htm
>
>Individual print copies are also available while supplies last by contacting Mark McFarling at mmcfarli@aip.org or calling (301) 209-3075.
>
>
>
>
>
>
From crsnel@vt.edu Fri Sep 12 07:11:31 2003
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Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2003 09:54:17 -0400
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Is the New York exam a good physics exam? The Utah state exam in
physics is a joke and I don't think it would say anything meaningful
about my students and what they have learned or not learned in physics.
Still if students don't do well on a state exam the blame will be put
on the teachers even if the exam is a joke.
Clark Snelgrove
Virginia Tech Physics
(and former Utah High School Physics teacher)
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That's what the argument it all about. The teachers claim that the exam
is way too difficult. Difficult questions are given more weight than
easier questions. So, if a student gets 75% of the questions correct,
he may still get a score of 50 and fail because he got the hard ones wrong.

I think that's another reason why the teachers are in an uproar here,
Low scores make them look bad. We'll have to wait and see how this all
washes out.

Sam

Clark Snelgrove wrote:

> Is the New York exam a good physics exam? The Utah state exam in
> physics is a joke and I don't think it would say anything meaningful
> about my students and what they have learned or not learned in
> physics. Still if students don't do well on a state exam the blame
> will be put on the teachers even if the exam is a joke.
> Clark Snelgrove
> Virginia Tech Physics
> (and former Utah High School Physics teacher)

From peacock@physics.utah.edu Fri Sep 12 08:22:11 2003
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Date: Fri, 12 Sep 2003 09:07:04 -0600
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Organization: University of Utah , Department of Physics
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Michael, an obvious reaction of overzealous radiation safety people. I'm sure
it's a Boulder thing.
Show them the bricks in the walls of your classroom are "livelier" than than
your static eliminator see if they register and ID your buildings, then
certificate everyone on campus {students included} to use the entire campus!
Zig

Michael Thomason wrote:

> Hassle-free until your Radiation Safety office sees it. My Radiation Safety
> office put id numbers and licenses on my "static eliminators" and requires
> instructors have a training certificate to use them.

Zigmund J. Peacock WWW.physics.utah.edu/people/staff/peacock.html
University of Utah/Physics peacock@physics.utah.edu
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men do nothing!"
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