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written by Katherine K. Perkins and M. Gratny
In this paper, we examine the correlation between students' beliefs upon entering college and their likelihood of continuing on to become a physics major. Since 2004, we have collected CLASS survey and self-reported level-of-interest responses from students in the first-term, introductory calculus-based physics course (N>2500). Here, we conduct a retrospective analysis of students' incoming CLASS scores and level of interest, comparing those students who go on to become physics majors with those who do not. We find the incoming CLASS scores and reported interest of these future physics majors to be substantially higher than the class average, indicating that these students enter their first college course already having quite expert-like beliefs. The comparative differences are much smaller for grades, SAT score, and university predicted-GPA.
Physics Education Research Conference 2010
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, Oregon: July 21-22, 2010
Volume 1289, Pages 253-256
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CLASS, beliefs, epistemology, learning physics, physics major, undergraduate education, PERC 2010, interest
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K. Perkins and M. Gratny, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10466&DocID=1926).
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K. Perkins and M. Gratny, Who Becomes a Physics Major? A Long-term Longitudinal Study Examining the Roles of Pre-college Beliefs about Physics and Learning Physics, Interest, and Academic Achievement, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10466&DocID=1926>.
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Perkins, K., & Gratny, M. (2010, July 21-22). Who Becomes a Physics Major? A Long-term Longitudinal Study Examining the Roles of Pre-college Beliefs about Physics and Learning Physics, Interest, and Academic Achievement. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon. Retrieved November 23, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10466&DocID=1926
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Perkins, Katherine, and M. Gratny. "Who Becomes a Physics Major? A Long-term Longitudinal Study Examining the Roles of Pre-college Beliefs about Physics and Learning Physics, Interest, and Academic Achievement." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, July 21-22, 2010. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10466&DocID=1926 (accessed 23 November 2014).
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Perkins, Katherine, and M. Gratny. "Who Becomes a Physics Major? A Long-term Longitudinal Study Examining the Roles of Pre-college Beliefs about Physics and Learning Physics, Interest, and Academic Achievement." Physics Education Research Conference 2010. Portland, Oregon: 2010. 253-256 Vol. 1289 of PER Conference. 23 Nov. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10466&DocID=1926>.
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