home - login - register

Conference Proceedings Detail Page

On being a physics major: student perceptions of physics difficulties, rewards, and motivations
written by Anna E. Leak, Krystina Williamson, Daryl L. Moore, and Benjamin M. Zwickl
Undergraduate majors' attitudes and perceptions about physics can strongly influence their development of a physics identity, persistence, and pursuit of physics-related careers. To explore students' attitudes and perceptions, we surveyed 178 physics majors nationally. To analyze this data, we used descriptive statistics and emergent methods of qualitative analysis. While data collection is ongoing, preliminary results show themes of physics majors' value for hard-work, broadly applicable problem-solving skills, and the rewarding quest for a meaningful application of their knowledge. Furthermore, we found that students position physics as a creative and communicative endeavor when provided with opportunities to do research and lab-work that values these aspects. This rich analysis of students' attitudes and perceptions about physics can help educators better align learning opportunities with students' needs and prepare students for a long-term and broadly applicable pursuit of physics.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
Pages 306-311
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
- Upper Undergraduate
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
PER-Central Type Intended Users Ratings
- PER Literature
- Researchers
  • Currently 0.0/5

Want to rate this material?
Login here!


Format:
application/pdf
Mirror:
https://doi.org/10.1119/perc.2019…
Access Rights:
Free access
License:
This material is released under a Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 license. Further distribution of this work must maintain attribution to the published article's author(s), title, proceedings citation, and DOI.
Rights Holder:
American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2019.pr.Leak
NSF Number:
1624882
Keyword:
PERC 2019
Record Creator:
Metadata instance created January 7, 2020 by Lyle Barbato
Record Updated:
January 7, 2020 by Lyle Barbato
Last Update
when Cataloged:
January 7, 2020
ComPADRE is beta testing Citation Styles!

Record Link
AIP Format
A. Leak, K. Williamson, D. Moore, and B. Zwickl, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15291&DocID=5203).
AJP/PRST-PER
A. Leak, K. Williamson, D. Moore, and B. Zwickl, On being a physics major: student perceptions of physics difficulties, rewards, and motivations, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15291&DocID=5203>.
APA Format
Leak, A., Williamson, K., Moore, D., & Zwickl, B. (2019, July 24-25). On being a physics major: student perceptions of physics difficulties, rewards, and motivations. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved October 27, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15291&DocID=5203
Chicago Format
Leak, A, K. Williamson, D. Moore, and B. Zwickl. "On being a physics major: student perceptions of physics difficulties, rewards, and motivations." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15291&DocID=5203 (accessed 27 October 2021).
MLA Format
Leak, Anna, Krystina Williamson, Daryl L. Moore, and Benjamin Zwickl. "On being a physics major: student perceptions of physics difficulties, rewards, and motivations." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. 306-311 of PER Conference. 27 Oct. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15291&DocID=5203>.
BibTeX Export Format
@inproceedings{ Author = "Anna Leak and Krystina Williamson and Daryl L. Moore and Benjamin Zwickl", Title = {On being a physics major: student perceptions of physics difficulties, rewards, and motivations}, BookTitle = {Physics Education Research Conference 2019}, Pages = {306-311}, Address = {Provo, UT}, Series = {PER Conference}, Month = {July 24-25}, Year = {2019} }
Refer Export Format

%A Anna Leak %A Krystina Williamson %A Daryl L. Moore %A Benjamin Zwickl %T On being a physics major: student perceptions of physics difficulties, rewards, and motivations %S PER Conference %D July 24-25 2019 %P 306-311 %C Provo, UT %U https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15291&DocID=5203 %O Physics Education Research Conference 2019 %O July 24-25 %O application/pdf

EndNote Export Format

%0 Conference Proceedings %A Leak, Anna %A Williamson, Krystina %A Moore, Daryl L. %A Zwickl, Benjamin %D July 24-25 2019 %T On being a physics major: student perceptions of physics difficulties, rewards, and motivations %B Physics Education Research Conference 2019 %C Provo, UT %P 306-311 %S PER Conference %8 July 24-25 %U https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15291&DocID=5203


Disclaimer: ComPADRE offers citation styles as a guide only. We cannot offer interpretations about citations as this is an automated procedure. Please refer to the style manuals in the Citation Source Information area for clarifications.

Citation Source Information

The AIP Style presented is based on information from the AIP Style Manual.

The AJP/PRST-PER presented is based on the AIP Style with the addition of journal article titles and conference proceeding article titles.

The APA Style presented is based on information from APA Style.org: Electronic References.

The Chicago Style presented is based on information from Examples of Chicago-Style Documentation.

The MLA Style presented is based on information from the MLA FAQ.

On being a physics major: student perceptions of physics difficulties, rewards, and motivations:


Know of another related resource? Login to relate this resource to it.
Save to my folders

Contribute

Related Materials

Similar Materials