What does a physics undergraduate education give you? A perspective from Australian physics

Sharma, M, Pollard, J, Mendez, A, Mills, D, O'Byrne, J, Scott, D, Hagon, S, Gribble, J, Kirkup, L, Livett, M, Merchant, A, Rayner, A, Swan, G, Zadnik, M and Zealey, W 2008, 'What does a physics undergraduate education give you? A perspective from Australian physics', European Journal of Physics, vol. 29, no. 1, pp. 59-72.


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Title What does a physics undergraduate education give you? A perspective from Australian physics
Author(s) Sharma, M
Pollard, J
Mendez, A
Mills, D
O'Byrne, J
Scott, D
Hagon, S
Gribble, J
Kirkup, L
Livett, M
Merchant, A
Rayner, A
Swan, G
Zadnik, M
Zealey, W
Year 2008
Journal name European Journal of Physics
Volume number 29
Issue number 1
Start page 59
End page 72
Total pages 14
Publisher Institute of Physics Publishing Ltd
Abstract In a study to assess how effectively undergraduate physics studies have prepared students for the workplace, we attempted to locate and interview traditional 3-year or 4-year physics students who had graduated in the past five years (2000 to 2004), and the employers of these graduates. The study was limited to recent graduates who have majored in physics and not obtained further or concurrent degrees. Overseas studies of the destinations of physics graduates referred to in this paper have not isolated the group we interviewed as a distinct group. A major finding was that the number of these graduates was unexpectedly low. Indeed, most physics graduates have two degrees. Interviews with graduates and employers suggest that physics graduates have particular strengths in problem solving and are good at applying their skills at the workplace.
Subject Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
DOI - identifier 10.1088/0143-0807/29/1/006
Copyright notice © 2008 IOP Publishing Ltd.
ISSN 0143-0807
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