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written by Katherine A. Slaughter, Simon P. Bates, and Ross K. Galloway
Student success in a physics degree has been shown to depend on more than just performance in course assessment: important additional factors include student attitudes and beliefs about their subject. We have used an instrument (CLASS) that measures how student epistemologies evolve over the course of their undergraduate degree. Our previous work has sampled a cross-section of students at all levels across the physics undergraduate programme at Edinburgh in a single academic year, and found that student attitudes and beliefs remain essentially static. Here, we present fully longitudinal data collected over the past three years, where we track the evolution of the attitudes and beliefs of one group of students. We find broadly similar results: attitudes and beliefs remain surprisingly consistent over time. This suggests that a 'cross-sectional' or 'pseudo-longitudinal' study (collecting snapshot data in one year) is a valid methodology, rather than necessarily having to wait several years to accumulate truly longitudinal data.
Physics Education Research Conference 2011
Part of the PER Conference series
Omaha, Nebraska: August 3-4, 2011
Volume 1413, Pages 359-362
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Longitudinal
- Research Design & Methodology
= Evaluation
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
- Lower Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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10.1063/1.3680069
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01.40.Fk
Keywords:
Attitude Development, Belief Development, CLASS, Longitudinal Study, PERC 2011
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K. Slaughter, S. Bates, and R. Galloway, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11886&DocID=2733).
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K. Slaughter, S. Bates, and R. Galloway, A longitudinal study of the development of attitudes and beliefs towards physics presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11886&DocID=2733>.
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Slaughter, K., Bates, S., & Galloway, R. (2011, August 3-4). A longitudinal study of the development of attitudes and beliefs towards physics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska. Retrieved July 31, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11886&DocID=2733
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Slaughter, K, S. Bates, and R. Galloway. "A longitudinal study of the development of attitudes and beliefs towards physics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, August 3-4, 2011. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11886&DocID=2733 (accessed 31 July 2014).
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Slaughter, Katherine, Simon Bates, and Ross Galloway. "A longitudinal study of the development of attitudes and beliefs towards physics." Physics Education Research Conference 2011. Omaha, Nebraska: 2011. 359-362 Vol. 1413 of PER Conference. 31 July 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11886&DocID=2733>.
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