College Student's Towards Physics at Palestinian Universities

  • Mohammed M Shabat Islamic University of Gaza
  • Khitam Ismail Sahhar Islamic University of Gaza


The study aimed to identify the attitudes of the students toward physics and its relation to some variables such as sex, cumulative average, and University level at three national Palestinian universities. The study sample consisted of 134 students of the Faculty of Science at the Islamic University, Al-Aqsa University and Al-Azhar University. The trends are composed of the variables of the demographic study, and then the trends in its three dimensions, cognitive, emotional, and behavioral, and open questions about the strengths and weaknesses and proposals to increase them toward physics. The total score of the students of the Faculty of Science towards physics in the Palestinian universities 70%. In terms of dimensions, the degree of cognitive dimension factor is 72%, emotional dimension factor is 68% and behavioral dimension factor is 69%. The trend of the sample towards physics is attributed to the gender variable, while differences in the sample were found to be in favor of the GPA variable in favor of the excellent, and there were statistically significant differences in the degree of trend among the sample members. Support the University for Al-Aqsa University, kth most prominent points of weakness were the lack of diversity in teaching methods and evaluation, the non-use of modern technology in teaching, and the existence of physical courses in the field of physics. The most important proposals to increase the attitudes of the students of the Faculty of Science towards physics were the need to pay attention to the practical aspects, activate the academic guidance and follow up textbooks by specialized committees, and consider the needs of students and their wishes.


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How to Cite
SHABAT, Mohammed M; SAHHAR, Khitam Ismail. College Student's Towards Physics at Palestinian Universities. European Journal of Physics Education, [S.l.], v. 12, n. 1, p. 24-37, apr. 2021. ISSN 1309-7202. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 01 feb. 2023.