Martial Arts and Physics: A Multidisciplinary Approach to Increase Student Engagement and Interest in the Sciences

Eugenie de Silva (Harvard University, USA)
Copyright: © 2015 |Pages: 98
EISBN13: 9781466674400|DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-6375-6.ch004
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Many students perceive physics to be a difficult subject without any practical applications to their daily lives. Without the appropriate guidance, students will continue to lose interest in the sciences and will be hesitant to explore possible careers in the science disciplines. Accordingly, this research project examined the use of an annual physics day to promote active engagement amongst high school and college students in the study of physics, in addition to the success of the novel teaching of physics 100 classes through the martial arts. Both activities yielded high success rates that also proved that multidisciplinary teaching techniques could aid in raising the interest of students in physics.
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