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written by Lauren E. Kost, Steven J. Pollock, and Noah D. Finkelstein
Our previous research showed that despite the use of interactive engagement (IE) techniques at our institution, the difference in performance between men and women on a conceptual learning survey persisted from pre to posttest. This paper reports on a three-part follow-up study that investigates what factors contribute to the gender gap. First, we analyze student grades in different components of the course and find that men and women's course grades are not significantly different (p>0.1), but men outscore women on exams and women outscore men on homework and participation. Second, we compare average posttest scores of men and women who score similarly on the pretest and find that there are no significant differences between men and women's average posttest scores. Finally, we analyze other factors in addition to the pretest score that could influence the posttest score and find that gender does not account for a meaningful portion of the variation in posttest scores when a measure of mathematics performance is included. These findings indicate that the gender gap exists in interactive physics classes, but may be due in large part to differences in preparation, background, and math skills as assessed by traditional survey instruments.
Physics Education Research Conference 2007
Part of the PER Conference series
Greensboro, NC: August 1-2, 2007
Volume 951, Pages 136-139
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Instruments
- Societal Issues
= Gender Issues
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Reference Material
= Research study
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DOI:
10.1063/1.2820915
NSF Numbers:
0410744
0448176
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.75.+m
01.40.gb
Keywords:
PERC 2007, conceptual learning survey, gender issues, interactive engagement, physics, research initiatives, teaching
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L. Kost, S. Pollock, and N. Finkelstein, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, 2007, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9088&DocID=2005).
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L. Kost, S. Pollock, and N. Finkelstein, Investigating the Source of the Gender Gap in Introductory Physics presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, 2007, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9088&DocID=2005>.
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Kost, L., Pollock, S., & Finkelstein, N. (2007, August 1-2). Investigating the Source of the Gender Gap in Introductory Physics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC. Retrieved August 27, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9088&DocID=2005
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Kost, L, S. Pollock, and N. Finkelstein. "Investigating the Source of the Gender Gap in Introductory Physics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2007, Greensboro, NC, August 1-2, 2007. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9088&DocID=2005 (accessed 27 August 2014).
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Kost, Lauren, Steven Pollock, and Noah Finkelstein. "Investigating the Source of the Gender Gap in Introductory Physics." Physics Education Research Conference 2007. Greensboro, NC: 2007. 136-139 Vol. 951 of PER Conference. 27 Aug. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=9088&DocID=2005>.
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