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A Study on the Relationship Between Completion of high School Subjects, CSAT Subjects Selection and Academic Achievement in University Introductory Physics: A case Study of a Local College of Engineering
New Phys.: Sae Mulli 2020; 70: 364~373
Published online April 29, 2020;
© 2020 New Physics: Sae Mulli.

Taejin BYUN*

Division of Teaching and Learning, Korea Institute for Curriculum and Evaluation, Jincheon 27873, Korea
Correspondence to:
Received February 10, 2020; Revised March 16, 2020; Accepted March 17, 2020.
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Despite the status and the importance of introductory physics in university education, studies on the relationship between completion of high school subjects, CSAT subject selection and introductory physics achievement for local engineering students have not been sufficiently conducted. In order to achieve the purpose of this study, we analyzed the results for beginning-of-semester questionnaires, basic knowledge tests, mid \& final exams, and end-of-semester questionnaires completed by first-year introductory physics students who majored in engineering at a local university. We found that, the completions of mathematics and physics in high school and of mathematics \& inquiry domain selections of CSAT did not incur statistically significant differences. However, in our analysis of the difficulties of each content element, we found that the completion of high school mathematics and physics could affect introductory physics achievement at the university. We hoped that these results of this study will serve as a basis for research on improving the understanding of students and on developing the instruction for introductory physics classes.
PACS numbers: 01.40.Fk
Keywords: University physics education, Introductory physics, High school subject completion, Electives of CSAT, College of engineering

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