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  Session: PER: Student and Instructor Support & Professional Development, Program and Institutional Change
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Reasons Behind Sumter School District Students’ Decisions to Take Physics
  Meeting: 2018 Winter Meeting: San Diego, CA
  Location: N/A
  Time: 3:10PM
  Author: Hui-Yiing Chang,*, University of South Carolina Sumter,
8039685810, changhui@uscsumter.edu
  Co-Author(s): Jessica N. Kohler, Jordan Ard, Clausell Mathis
  Abstract: Enrollment in physics courses in the Sumter School District in Sumter, SC has been extremely low. Since physics is a requirement for most science and engineering degrees, not having enrolled in a physics course during high school could ultimately impede a student’s pursuit of such majors during college. Furthermore, since physics provides the fundamental principles for science and engineering, unsuccessfulness in physics could hinder excellence in these disciplines. This project aims to explore the factors that may have been related to or may have influenced the SSD high school students’ decisions to enroll in physics courses. This was achieved by conducting an electronic survey among voluntary participants from the seniors of SSD, then performing a quantitative analysis of the results. These results and the conclusions drawn are intended to help educators increase enrollment in physics courses in Sumter and other school districts.
  Footnotes: *Sponsored by Clausell Mathis
  Presentation: PRESENTATION, Chang.pdf

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