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Abstract Title: Physics Perceptions: Challenges, Rewards, and Applicability of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
Abstract: Physics majors' attitudes and perceptions about physics can strongly influence their physics identity, persistence, and pursuit of physics-related careers. Career pursuit is further impacted by students' perception of innovation and entrepreneurship (I&E), which include essential skills for physics-intensive careers. To explore students' attitudes and perceptions, we surveyed 100 physics majors nationally. We then 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.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B11
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Anne E. Leak
High Point University
High Point, NC 27268
Phone: 6262156764
and Co-Presenter(s)
Daryl L. Moore, High Point University
Benjamin M. Zwickl, Rochester Institute of Technology

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