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Physics Major Engagement and Persistence: A Phenomenography Interview Study
written by Eric A. Williams, Justyna P. Zwolak, and Eric Brewe
Over a ten-year period, physics graduation rates at Florida International University (FIU) increased by about 480%. To shed light on this phenomenon we conducted an interview study of upper division physics students to learn about their experiences, successes, and challenges. We interviewed 10 students using a semi-structured interview protocol based on the student engagement and persistence work of Tinto and Nora. We then followed Marton's approach to phenomenography to code and analyze the recorded interviews. Phenomenography is defined as "a research method for mapping the qualitatively different ways in which people experience, conceptualize, perceive, and understand various aspects of, and phenomena in, the world around them" [4]. This pilot analysis describes the engagement and persistence of two physics majors at FIU. Findings suggest that working as a Learning Assistant, integration with a consistent peer group, and social support from fellow students promote physics majors' persistence.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 436-439
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Education - Basic Research
- Achievement
- Behavior
- Student Characteristics
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- Upper Undergraduate
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Metadata instance created February 26, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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E. Williams, J. Zwolak, and E. Brewe, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14663&DocID=4840).
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E. Williams, J. Zwolak, and E. Brewe, Physics Major Engagement and Persistence: A Phenomenography Interview Study, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14663&DocID=4840>.
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Williams, E., Zwolak, J., & Brewe, E. (2017, July 26-27). Physics Major Engagement and Persistence: A Phenomenography Interview Study. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved October 18, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14663&DocID=4840
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Williams, E, J. Zwolak, and E. Brewe. "Physics Major Engagement and Persistence: A Phenomenography Interview Study." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14663&DocID=4840 (accessed 18 October 2021).
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Williams, Eric, Justyna Zwolak, and Eric Brewe. "Physics Major Engagement and Persistence: A Phenomenography Interview Study." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 436-439 of PER Conference. 18 Oct. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14663&DocID=4840>.
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