Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Education


Education Supervision

First Advisor

Dr. Elaine Traynelis-Yurek

Second Advisor

Dr. H. Bruce Cobbs

Third Advisor

Dr. R. Wayne Major


Instructors of college freshman introductory physics in Virginia, North Carolina and West Virginia were surveyed to determine which academic courses, technical skills and general skills acquired in high school are essential for success in their courses. Faculty responses were analyzed using mean and percent frequency, while comparison of their responses by size of physics department was analyzed using chi square. Each student's responses were compared to those of his or her instructor using a paired sample t test. The general skills of English language usage were found to be the most important skills. Results from the students surveyed indicated similar findings with some exceptions. No significant difference between frequency distributions was found in comparing responses according to the size of the physics department.

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