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In-Service Physics Teacher Survey. Kimberly A. Shaw Southern Illinois University Edwardsville Carl Wenning Illinois State University 14 October 2004. The Survey. Solicited approximately 80 physics teachers (former workshop participants, program graduates, cooperating teachers, etc.)

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In service physics teacher survey

In-Service Physics Teacher Survey

Kimberly A. Shaw

Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Carl Wenning

Illinois State University

14 October 2004


The survey

The Survey

  • Solicited approximately 80 physics teachers (former workshop participants, program graduates, cooperating teachers, etc.)

  • Self-selected participation

  • N = 21 (~25% response rate)

  • 100 items in survey

  • Data collected by Carl Wenning @ ISU


Recruitment and retention questions addressed

Recruitment and Retention Questions Addressed

  • What role do you play in physics teacher candidate recruitment?

  • How frequently are your students involved in the following activities?

  • To what extent do each of the following factors play in making you glad that you are a teacher?

  • If you were to leave the teaching profession, how important would each of the following factors be in your decision-making process?

  • School questions about science clubs and future teacher clubs.

  • Demographic questions about teacher


Participant demographics

Have any of your students ever gone on to become a high school physics or physical science teacher?

Original secondary endorsements?

48% = yes

38% = no

14% = uncertain

14% in each of Physics, Chemistry, and Biology

57% in more than one area

Participant Demographics


Participant demographics1

Participant Demographics

  • How many years teaching science?

    • 19% 1 to 5 years

    • 19% 6 to 10 years

    • 14% 11 to 15 years

    • 10% 16 to 20 years

    • 38% 21 or more years

  • 95% now endorsed to teach physics


Direct recruitment practices

How often do you encourage students as a whole to become teachers in general?

How often do you encourage individual students to become teachers in general?

How often do you relate a student’s skills to the job of teacher?

How often do you encourage your students as a whole to become physics or physical science teachers?

How often do you encourage individual students to become physics or physical science teachers?

How often do you speak about growing need for physics/phy sci teachers?

MED 1-4x/semester

MED 1-4x/semester

MED = 1-4x/semester

MED 0-1x/year

MED 0-1x/year

MED 0-1x/year

Direct Recruitment Practices


Indirect recruitment practices

How often do you provide opportunities for your students to teach formally?

How often…to teach informally?

How often…express joy of teaching to students as a group?

, … to students individually?

How often do you talk with your students about the nature of teaching?

How often…express one of the rewards of teaching is making a difference in the lives of others?

How often…express benefits of teaching?

MED = 1-4x/month

MED =1-4x/month

MED = 1-4x/sem

MED = 1-4x/semester

Indirect Recruitment Practices

MED = 1-4x/month

MED = 1-4x/semester

MED = 1-4x/semester


Factors that make you glad to be a teacher

Factors that make you glad to be a teacher


If you to leave the teaching profession

If you to leave the teaching profession…


Pertinent school associations

Pertinent School Associations

  • Science club at school?

    • 38% yes

  • Competitive science team?

    • 86% yes

  • Club for future teachers?

    • 25% yes


More demographic data

More Demographic Data

  • How many Physics content courses have you taken?

    • 80% = 5 or more

    • 20% = 3 or less

  • Have you had post-college training in physics?

    • 38% = summer workshop

    • 43% = regular course

    • 14% = both

    • 5% = none

  • How well prepared to teach physics?

    • 62% = very well

    • 38% = fairly well.


More demographic data1

More Demographic Data

  • Satisfactory lab equipment and space?

    • 67% = yes

  • Satisfactory demonstration equipment?

    • 67% = yes

  • How did you obtain your certification?

    • 86% = regular teaching program

    • 14% = alternative certification program


Recommendations and conclusions

Recommendations and Conclusions

  • Caution!! Only trends can be drawn from this too small convenience sample. A repeat of this survey with greater number of responses could be performed (long term).

  • It’s clear that physics teachers have great impact on teacher recruitment, but are HS physics teachers doing enough? What more can we do?

  • We should relate high school teaching experiences to careers in teaching.

  • We should appeal to students’ sense of altruism.


Recommendations

Recommendations

  • We should express our job satisfaction.

  • We should speak about the benefits of teaching physics.

  • We should speak with individual students directly about careers.

  • We should continue to emphasize the applications of physics.


Other concerns regarding response rate

Other concerns regarding response rate

  • Is the small response rate reason to believe that the sample is biased?

  • Is the small response rate indicative of a lack of teacher interest in recruitment?

  • Is the small response rate suggestive of a lack of concerns about the negative aspects of teaching?

  • Is the small response rate suggestive of a feeling of powerlessness to impact student entrance into teaching careers?


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