The PER-Central website will be unavailable Friday evening through Saturday afternoon as electrical work occurs in the American Center of Physics server room. Down time will begin at 6PM Eastern Time on Friday. Service is expected to resume by 6PM on Saturday, July 30.

home - login - register

PERC 2010 Abstract Detail Page

Previous Page  |  New Search  |  Browse All

Abstract Title: Force Concepts in Different Student Groups: FCI With Variations and Extensions
Abstract: The engineering physics program in Göteborg attracts very strong students, who consistently (since 2004) score an average around 80% on the FCI during the first week at the university. We have also adminstered the FCI for number of other programs, where the entrance results typically have been around 55-60%. Although female students are  among top scorers in all groups, on the average, they score lower. The gap was unchanged when the original FCI was replaced by the "gender-adapted FCI". To investigate the possibility of a selection bias, the test was also given to a couple of high-school classes. For the  engineering physics students we are now experimenting with a selection of 15 FCI items combined with addifional questions aiming to lower the entrance score. Post-testing after an introductory course, including amusement park projects, showed a normalized gain around 50% for all parts of the test.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Ann-Marie Pendrill
University of Gothenburg
Department of Physics
Göteborg, Sweden SE-412 96
Phone: +46 70787 0427
Fax: +46 31 7723496
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Linda Gunnarsson
Hulebäcksgymnasiet, Idrottsvägen 2, SE 435 80 Mölnlycke, Sweden

Jonn Lantz
1) Department of Physics, University of Gothenburg, SE 412 96 Göteborg, Sweden