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Abstract Title: Investigating Physics Self-Efficacy in Secondary Education Students
Abstract: There exists a shortage of students who enter an undergraduate program of study or intend to pursue a career in physics. Even more critical in this shortage is the underrepresentation of women and minority groups. The reasons for this shortage are not yet known. We have chosen to investigate the impact of students' physics self-belief on their likelihood to pursue a career in physics. We designed and administered a survey to secondary level physics and physical science students which was designed to help educators understand how the levels of self-efficacy of students change as they progress through their educational careers in the subject of physics. The survey also investigated if a student's level of self-efficacy is directly related to how they view a potential career in physics. In this presentation we will detail the trends we found between students' physics self-belief, demographics, and likelihood to choose physics as a career.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A71

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Cynthia Reynolds
The College of New Jersey
2000 Pennington Rd
Ewing Township, NJ 08618
Phone: 6097712569
and Co-Presenter(s)
AJ Richards (TCNJ)