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Science Education
written by Peter Häussler and Lore Hoffmann
This article presents three interlinked studies aimed at: (1) developing a curricular frame for physics education; (2) assessing the students' interest in the contents, contexts, and activities that are suggested by that curricular frame; and (3) developing a curriculum that is in line with that frame and measuring its cognitive and emotional effects on students. The curricular frame was developed by adopting the Delphi technique and drawing on the expertise of 73 persons selected according to specified selection criteria. Interest data of some 8000 students and information of the presently taught physics curriculum were sampled longitudinally as well as cross-sectionally in various German Länder (states) by questionnaire. The third study comprised 23 experimental and 7 control classes. As a result of the comparison between the features of the curricular frame, the interest structure of students, and the current physics curriculum, there is a remarkable congruency between students' interest in physics and the kind of physics education identified in the Delphi study as being relevant. However, there is a considerable discrepancy between students' interest and the kind of physics instruction practiced in the physics classroom. Regression analysis revealed that students' interest in physics as a school subject is hardly related to their interest in physics, but mainly to the students' self-esteem of being good achievers. The data strongly suggest physics be taught so that students have a chance to develop a positive physics-related self-concept and to link physics with situations they encounter outside the classroom. A curriculum based on these principles proved superior compared to a traditional curriculum.
Science Education: Volume 84, Issue 6, Pages 689-705
Subjects ADS Supplements Resource Types
Education - Applied Research
- Curriculum Development
= Course
= Course Goals
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Instructional Material
= Instructor Guide/Manual
- Reference Material
= Research study
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10.1002/1098-237X(200011)84:6<689::AID-SCE1>3.0.CO;2-L
Keywords:
Academic Achievement, Curriculum Development, Middle Schools, Physics, Science Curriculum, Science Education, Student Interests
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Metadata instance created July 13, 2005 by Lyle Barbato
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P. Häussler and L. Hoffmann, Sci. Educ. 84 (6), 689 (2000), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/1098-237X(200011)84:6%3C689::AID-SCE1%3E3.0.CO;2-L).
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P. Häussler and L. Hoffmann, A curricular frame for physics education: development, comparison with students' interests, and impact on students' achievement and self-concept, Sci. Educ. 84 (6), 689 (2000), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/1098-237X(200011)84:6%3C689::AID-SCE1%3E3.0.CO;2-L>.
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Häussler, P., & Hoffmann, L. (2000, October 13). A curricular frame for physics education: development, comparison with students' interests, and impact on students' achievement and self-concept. Sci. Educ., 84(6), 689-705. Retrieved October 30, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/1098-237X(200011)84:6%3C689::AID-SCE1%3E3.0.CO;2-L
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Häussler, Peter, and Lore Hoffmann. "A curricular frame for physics education: development, comparison with students' interests, and impact on students' achievement and self-concept." Sci. Educ. 84, no. 6, (October 13, 2000): 689-705, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/1098-237X(200011)84:6%3C689::AID-SCE1%3E3.0.CO;2-L (accessed 30 October 2014).
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Häussler, Peter, and Lore Hoffmann. "A curricular frame for physics education: development, comparison with students' interests, and impact on students' achievement and self-concept." Sci. Educ. 84.6 (2000): 689-705. 30 Oct. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/1098-237X(200011)84:6%3C689::AID-SCE1%3E3.0.CO;2-L>.
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