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Examining students’ perceptions of innovation and entrepreneurship in physics
written by Anna E. Leak, Christian Cammarota, Nathan Cawley, and Benjamin M. Zwickl
The joint AAPT and APS PHYS21 report emphasizes preparing students for diverse career paths, including the need for more opportunities to learn innovation and entrepreneurship in physics. To support these changes, research is needed on students' interest and perceptions of innovation and entrepreneurship, and suggestions for integration into the undergraduate physics experience. We conducted semi-structured focus groups with 20 physics majors around several concepts related to innovation and entrepreneurship: technology, creativity, design, business, communication, and leadership. Emergent and thematic coding was used to analyze students' responses. Students have a complex view of innovation and entrepreneurship in physics perceiving creativity as closely related to physics, especially in undergraduate research, while business and leadership skills were distinct from physics and closer to engineering. These findings have implications for understanding students' perceptions of physics as a disciplinary community and field of study, and can assist departments seeking to better support students' careers.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 236-239
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Education - Applied Research
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Education - Basic Research
- Student Characteristics
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A. Leak, C. Cammarota, N. Cawley, and B. Zwickl, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14614&DocID=4791).
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A. Leak, C. Cammarota, N. Cawley, and B. Zwickl, Examining students’ perceptions of innovation and entrepreneurship in physics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14614&DocID=4791>.
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Leak, A., Cammarota, C., Cawley, N., & Zwickl, B. (2017, July 26-27). Examining students’ perceptions of innovation and entrepreneurship in physics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved November 15, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14614&DocID=4791
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Leak, A, C. Cammarota, N. Cawley, and B. Zwickl. "Examining students’ perceptions of innovation and entrepreneurship in physics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14614&DocID=4791 (accessed 15 November 2019).
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Leak, Anna, Christian Cammarota, Nathan Cawley, and Benjamin Zwickl. "Examining students’ perceptions of innovation and entrepreneurship in physics." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 236-239 of PER Conference. 15 Nov. 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14614&DocID=4791>.
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