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American Journal of Educational Research. 2015, 3(6), 721-730
DOI: 10.12691/education-3-6-9
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The Lack of Physics Teachers: “Like a Bath with the Plug out and the Tap half on”

Isaac Buabeng1, , Lindsey Conner1 and David Winter1

1College of Education, Health and Human Development, University of Canterbury, New Zealand

Pub. Date: May 21, 2015

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Isaac Buabeng, Lindsey Conner and David Winter. The Lack of Physics Teachers: “Like a Bath with the Plug out and the Tap half on”. American Journal of Educational Research. 2015; 3(6):721-730. doi: 10.12691/education-3-6-9


In this study, we were interested in how approaches to teaching high school physics in New Zealand influenced students’ perceptions of physics and their consequent desire to continue with physics. We also investigated the reasons participants became physics teachers to inform how more teachers might be attracted into the profession. The convergent parallel design of this study used mixed methods including a national survey as well as classroom observations and interviews with teachers and students. The study has identified how a focus on content knowledge and more “traditional” teaching approaches tends to discourage students to progress with physics.

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