WHY CHOOSE PHYSICS – IN NORWAY AND FINLAND?Journal: Journal of Baltic Science Education (Vol.3, No. 1)
Publication Date: 2004-04-30
Authors : Ellen K. Henriksen; Carl Angell; Jari Lavonen; Anders Isnes;
Page : 5-12
Keywords : school physics; educational choices; educational policy;
Questionnaire data from Norway and Finland were compared to explore the factors that influence upper secondary school students' choice of subjects (notably physics). Results indicate that personal and emotional factors (interest, abilities), but also practical factors (entrance requirements, usefulness) are keywords for students' choice. Although both Finnish and Norwegian students claim to base their educational choice mainly on personal interest and ability, there is a tendency for Norwegians to be relatively more influenced by background and Finns to be more influenced by the educational system (teachers, entrance requirements). These differences are discussed in light of educational policy and sociological theory.
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