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American Journal of Physics
written by Gintaras Duda and Katherine Garrett
Although there has been much research on how to help students learn physics, students still come away without a deep understanding of how physics has transformed the world around them and almost all leave with decreased expectations and a more negative attitude toward physics. We discuss an experiment to address this problem: a course weblog which discusses real-world applications of physics and engages students in discussion and thinking outside of class. Students' attitudes toward the value of physics and its applicability to the real-world were probed using a 26-question Likert scale survey over the course of four semesters in an introductory physics course. We found that students who did not participate in the blog generally exhibited a deterioration in attitude toward physics as seen previously. Students who read, commented, and were involved with the blog maintained their initially positive attitudes toward physics. Student response to the blog was overwhelmingly positive, with students claiming that the blog made the subjects studied in the classroom come alive for them and seem more relevant.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 76, Issue 11, Pages 1054-1065
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© 2008 American Association of Physics Teachers (AAPT)
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10.1119/1.2967707
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physics attitudes, student attitudes, student retention
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G. Duda and K. Garrett, , Am. J. Phys. 76 (11), 1054 (2008), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1119/1.2967707).
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G. Duda and K. Garrett, Blogging in the physics classroom: A research-based approach to shaping students’ attitudes toward physics, Am. J. Phys. 76 (11), 1054 (2008), <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.2967707>.
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Duda, G., & Garrett, K. (2008, October 14). Blogging in the physics classroom: A research-based approach to shaping students’ attitudes toward physics. Am. J. Phys., 76(11), 1054-1065. Retrieved April 18, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1119/1.2967707
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Duda, Gintaras, and Katherine Garrett. "Blogging in the physics classroom: A research-based approach to shaping students’ attitudes toward physics." Am. J. Phys. 76, no. 11, (October 14, 2008): 1054-1065, https://doi.org/10.1119/1.2967707 (accessed 18 April 2024).
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Duda, Gintaras, and Katherine Garrett. "Blogging in the physics classroom: A research-based approach to shaping students’ attitudes toward physics." Am. J. Phys. 76.11 (2008): 1054-1065. 18 Apr. 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1119/1.2967707>.
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