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Perceptions and Beliefs of Undergraduate Physics Majors toward Physics in Saudi Arabia
  Location: SS Ballroom DE
  Date: Monday, Aug.1
  Time: 9:00 AM -9:10 AM
  Author: Hisham Alhadlaq
The Excellence Research Center of Science and Mathematics Education, King Saud University
+96614676435, hhadlaq@ksu.edu.sa
  Co-Author(s): Katherine K. Perkins , Wendy K. Adams , Omar M. Al-Dossary
  Abstract: In the last decade, physics researchers around the world have studied student perceptions and beliefs on physics and learning physics. Several instruments have been used to measure these perceptions and to identify how close they are to perceptions of experts. Recently, we have administered a newly developed Arabic version of the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey (CLASS) to a sample of senior physics-major students at King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The survey was distributed to about 100 male and female students over a three-year period (2009-2011). We will present our findings of perceptions and beliefs of undergraduate physics majors about physics and learning physics at KSU. We will take a closer look at how their perceptions compare to those of experts. An analysis of how these perceptions compare to the perceptions of a sample of freshmen students will also be presented.
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