Understanding first-year students’ curiosity and interest about physics : Lessons learned from the HOPE project

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Levrini , O , De Ambrosis , A , Hemmer , S , Laherto , A M P , Malgieri , M , Pantano , O & Tasquier , G 2016 , ' Understanding first-year students’ curiosity and interest about physics : Lessons learned from the HOPE project ' , European Journal of Physics , vol. 38 , no. 2 , 025701 , pp. 1-20 . https://doi.org/10.1088/1361-6404/38/2/025701

Title: Understanding first-year students’ curiosity and interest about physics : Lessons learned from the HOPE project
Author: Levrini, Olivia; De Ambrosis, Anna; Hemmer, Sabine; Laherto, Antti Mikko Petteri; Malgieri, Massimiliano; Pantano, Ornella; Tasquier, Giulia
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Department of Physics
Date: 2016-12-15
Language: eng
Number of pages: 20
Belongs to series: European Journal of Physics
ISSN: 0143-0807
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/178135
Abstract: This paper focuses on results of an interview based survey of first-year university physics students, carried out within the EU Horizons in Physics Education (HOPE) project (http://hopenetwork.eu/). 94 interviews conducted in 13 universities have been analyzed to investigate the factors that inspire young people to study physics. In particular, the main motivational factor, which was proven to consist of personal interest and curiosity, was unfolded into different categories and detailed interest profiles were produced. The results are arguably useful to help academic curriculum developers and teaching personnel in physics departments to provide guidance to students in developing and focusing their interest towards specific sub-fields and/or to design targeted recruitment and outreach initiatives.
Subject: 114 Physical sciences
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