npsm 새물리 New Physics : Sae Mulli

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Research Paper

New Physics: Sae Mulli 2016; 66: 696-704

Published online June 30, 2016

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Influences of Gender, Academic Track and Science Achievement on High-School Students' Views about Physics

Hyukjoon CHOI*

Department of Physics Education, Korea National University of Education, Cheongju 28173, Korea


Received: March 25, 2016; Revised: April 6, 2016; Accepted: April 6, 2016

This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License ( which permits unrestricted non-commercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Students' views about physics may differ from their understanding of the nature of science. The purpose of this study was to investigate the differences of high-school students' views about physics based on three variables (gender, academic track and science achievement) and the influences of these variables on their views about physics. The subjects of this study were 167 high-school students, and their views about physics were surveyed by using the views about sciences survey (VASS) questionnaire. The results of this study show that male students' views about physics were better than female's, students on the humanities and social science track recognized had better views about physics than students on the natural science track, and the higher the students' science achievements were, the better their views about physics. The result of a regression analysis showed that gender, academic track and science achievement all had an influence on students' views about physics.

Keywords: Nature of science, View about physics, Gender, Academic track, Science achievement

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