An Analysis on High School Students’ Perceptions of Physics Courses in Terms of Gender (A Sample from Turkey)

Medine Baran


This study was carried out to determine high school students’ perceptions of the courses of Physics and the factors influential on their perceptions with respect to gender. The research sample included 154 high school students (F:78; M:76). In the study, as the data collection tool, a structured interview form was used. The data collected in the study were analyzed with frequency analysis, Chi-square and content analysis. As a result of the study, it was found that the male students were found themselves more successful in the courses of physics and that they experienced less difficulty with the courses. It was also revealed that there were no differences between female and male students’ views related to physics entertaining, importance and permanency yet difficult in terms of mathematical calculations. In general, the students had bias regarding physics and stated that the current course of physics was not efficient and that interactive and practical methods should be put into practice. According to the results, the male students demonstrated more positive attitudes than the female students. In the light of the findings obtained, it could be stated that current high school applications in the courses of physics should be revised by authorities.

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Journal of Education and Training Studies  ISSN 2324-805X (Print)   ISSN 2324-8068 (Online)

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