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The Physics Teacher
written by Michael J. O'Brien and John R. Thompson
The Physics First movement--teaching a true physics course to ninth-grade students--is gaining popularity in high schools. There are several different rhetorical arguments for and against this movement, and it is quite controversial in physics education. However, there is no actual evidence to assess the success, or failure, of this substantial shift in the science teaching sequence. We have undertaken a comparison study of physics classes taught in ninth- and 12th-grade classes in Maine. Comparisons of student understanding and gains with respect to mechanics concepts were made with excerpts from well-known multiple-choice surveys and individual student interviews. Results indicate that both populations begin physics courses with similar content knowledge and specific difficulties, but when learning concepts, ninth-graders are more sensitive to the instructional method used.
The Physics Teacher: Volume 47, Issue 4, Pages 234-239
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© 2009 American Association of Physics Teachers
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10.1119/1.3098211
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M. O'Brien and J. Thompson, Phys. Teach. 47 (4), 234 (2009), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.3098211).
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M. O'Brien and J. Thompson, Effectiveness of Ninth-Grade Physics in Maine: Conceptual Understanding, Phys. Teach. 47 (4), 234 (2009), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.3098211>.
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O'Brien, M., & Thompson, J. (2009, April 1). Effectiveness of Ninth-Grade Physics in Maine: Conceptual Understanding. Phys. Teach., 47(4), 234-239. Retrieved November 22, 2019, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.3098211
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O'Brien, Michael J., and John Thompson. "Effectiveness of Ninth-Grade Physics in Maine: Conceptual Understanding." Phys. Teach. 47, no. 4, (April 1, 2009): 234-239, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.3098211 (accessed 22 November 2019).
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O'Brien, Michael J., and John Thompson. "Effectiveness of Ninth-Grade Physics in Maine: Conceptual Understanding." Phys. Teach. 47.4 (2009): 234-239. 22 Nov. 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.3098211>.
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