One of the most prevailing subjects in the field of engineering is physics. Its prominence in the academic and specialized range in engineering students which makes it a support of more than instrumental substance for learning all throughout the engineering course. It is the basic foundation of every engineering topics and the pedagogical significance to every engineering student.
Physics is considered as the most problematic area within the realm of science, and it traditionally attracts fewer students than other sciences like chemistry and biology. Most of the students perceived physics as a difficult subject during high school days and becomes more problematic when they are in college, and even more challenging in graduate education. In the Philippine setting, it is more perplexing to most of the Filipino students to study physics because of the undesirable reputation long before time. With this, only students who do well in high school physics and students that are exceptionally good in mathematics, remarkably talented and gifted in science can appreciate the role of physics in their daily life.
With such discourse in the physics education in the Philippines, students find it to have a negative attitude toward learning physics because of its computational exigency in every problem sets, moreover, if they don’t like the subject more often they don’t like the teacher. One of the most prevailing teaching-learning strategies and approaches for physics teachers is to make physics amusing and entertaining in the class. Physics can be applied by several teaching methods in order to transfer learning effectively and efficiently. Such effects in teaching physics may increase the ability of the students to understand and comprehend more than the usual and the ability of their learning process can be realized.
The respondents will be the engineering students of Rizal Technological University in the College of Engineering and Industrial Technology taking the physics subject second semester 2011- 2012. The samples are 290 engineering students, and 156 technology students. This study is delimited on the Department which has both Engineering and Technology offerings; these are Civil Engineering and Technology, Computer Engineering and Technology, Electrical Engineering and Technology, Electronics and Communications Engineering and Technology, Instrumentation and Control Engineering and Technology and Mechanical Engineering and Technology.
Most of the students find that they feel good when they are successful in physics. They feel that they are fully succeeded in the subject when this endeavor became fruitful. Factors that reflect on this is that their professors explain a lot per detail in their class, they also found it enjoyable studying because they found it useful for problems of everyday life.
This also shows that there is no significant difference in the attitudes of both engineering and technology students, the respondents’ motivation for both samples; and attitude and motivation of the respondents in the physics subject. Moreover, the relationship between attitude and motivation is due to chance.
Based on the findings and conclusions of this study, and within limitations the researcher draws the following recommendations:
- Most of the students found that it is unlikely for them to enjoy learning physics because of their professor. It is recommended that professors should have a good
- Faculty should deliver more and efficient teaching because students are seeking more than a satisfactory grade to pass the course, and they do not expect to have a lower grade in physics.
- Faculty should encourage students in drilling physics problems, students are found to like answering difficult physics questions in the exam, expresses that they have mathematical mind.
- The department should continue in motivating the students to learn more and study more as they expresses that they can get good results in physics, that they enjoy going beyond the assigned work in the subject and they try to solve more than what is expected of them, and that they found that studying physics is enjoyable.