Monthly Archives: November 2010

National Survey of Student Engagement: Physics and Chemistry lead the way in undergraduate research

According to the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE), the disciplines in which the largest fraction of students have an undergraduate research experience with faculty are biochemistry, biophysics, physics and chemistry. In biochemistry, biophysics and physics, about 60% of undergraduates … Continue reading

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“Affirmation” exercise narrows the gender gap in introductory college physics classes – but requiring high school physics and pre-calculus for university admission would probably do more

A study published in the journal Science by a group of researchers from the University of Colorado and Stanford reports that psychological factors contribute to a gap between men and women in achievement in introductory physics courses, and that an … Continue reading

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12th grade math results from the Nation’s Report Card: A norm-referenced panic attack for Florida’s business community

The US Department of Education released the results of the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) – often called the “Nation’s Report Card” – for 12th graders on Thursday.  It was the first time in the history of NAEP testing … Continue reading

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Rising university tuition: Bad for the economy?

While I don’t agree with everything in this Chicago Tribune op-ed on rising university tuition (the op-ed is specifically about California), the piece is certainly provocative.  How’s this? By raising tuition for most students, the state could afford to offer … Continue reading

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Disconnect in Florida: Rising graduation rates, dismal 12th grade NAEP scores

The Orlando Sentinel’s Lauren Roth points out the obvious this morning:   “Two seemingly contradictory reports last week underscored the problem: One showed high-school-graduation rates at historic highs throughout the state. The other ranked Florida 12th-graders below the national average on … Continue reading

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Recruiting and educating physics teachers in Florida – the program at FSU

Debra Walker, a former school board member from Monroe County, posted a comment several days ago suggesting that all teachers should earn a bachelor’s degree in the content area in which they are planning to teach and then earn a … Continue reading

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Are Florida colleges of education looking at the wrong end of a double-barreled shotgun again?

Florida’s colleges of education are facing a one-two fiscal punch this spring. The projected $2.5 billion shortfall in the state budget (and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get better) is almost certain to impact the state’s public universities, … Continue reading

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