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American Journal of Physics
written by Edward F. Redish, Jeffrey Saul, and Richard N. Steinberg
Students' understanding of what science is about, how it is done, and their expectations as to what goes on in a science course, can play a powerful role in what they get out of introductory college physics. In this paper, we describe the Maryland Physics Expectations survey; a 34-item Likert-scale (agree-disagree) survey that probes student attitudes, beliefs, and assumptions about physics. We report on the results of pre- and post-instruction delivery of this survey to 1500 students in introductory calculus-based physics at six colleges and universities. We note a large gap between the expectations of experts and novices and observe a tendency for student expectations to deteriorate rather than improve as a result of the first term of introductory calculus-based physics.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 66, Issue 3, Pages 212-224
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E. Redish, J. Saul, and R. Steinberg, Am. J. Phys. 66 (3), 212 (1998), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.18847).
E. Redish, J. Saul, and R. Steinberg, Student expectations in introductory physics, Am. J. Phys. 66 (3), 212 (1998), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.18847>.
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Redish, E., Saul, J., & Steinberg, R. (1998). Student expectations in introductory physics. Am. J. Phys., 66(3), 212-224. Retrieved October 22, 2017, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.18847
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Redish, E, J. Saul, and R. Steinberg. "Student expectations in introductory physics." Am. J. Phys. 66, no. 3, (1998): 212-224, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.18847 (accessed 22 October 2017).
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Redish, Edward F., Jeffrey Saul, and Richard Steinberg. "Student expectations in introductory physics." Am. J. Phys. 66.3 (1998): 212-224. 22 Oct. 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.18847>.
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