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To gauge the impact of instruction on students' general expectations about physics and their attitudes about problem solving, we administered two different, but related, survey instruments to students in the first semester of introductory, calculus-based physics at McDaniel College. The surveys we used were the Maryland Physics Expectation Survey (MPEX) and the Attitudes about Problem Solving Survey (APSS). We found that the McDaniel College students' overall responses were more "expert-like" post-instruction: on the MPEX, the students' Overall agree/disagree score started at 59/18 and ended at 63/17, and on the APSS, the students' agreement-score went from 63 to 79. (All scores are out of 100%.) All of the students to whom we administered the MPEX and a significant sub-group to whom we administered the APSS realized these improvements without experiencing any explicit instructional intervention in this course aimed toward improving attitudes and expectations. These results contrast much of the previously reported findings in this area.
Physics Education Research Conference 2006
Part of the PER Conference series
Syracuse, New York: July 26-27, 2006
Volume 883, Pages 101-104
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Education - Basic Research
- Behavior
- Cognition
- Student Characteristics
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General Physics
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© 2006 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.2508701
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01.40.Fk
01.40.Ha
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Learning theory, PERC 2006, educational courses, problem solving, science teaching, student attitudes, student expectations
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Metadata instance created June 4, 2007 by Shawn Weatherford
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J. Marx and K. Cummings, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, 2006, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5278&DocID=2124).
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J. Marx and K. Cummings, What Factors Really Influence Shifts in Students' Attitudes and Expectations in an Introductory Physics Course?, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, 2006, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5278&DocID=2124>.
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Marx, J., & Cummings, K. (2006, July 26-27). What Factors Really Influence Shifts in Students' Attitudes and Expectations in an Introductory Physics Course?. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York. Retrieved September 21, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5278&DocID=2124
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Marx, Jeffrey, and Karen Cummings. "What Factors Really Influence Shifts in Students' Attitudes and Expectations in an Introductory Physics Course?." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2006, Syracuse, New York, July 26-27, 2006. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5278&DocID=2124 (accessed 21 September 2014).
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Marx, Jeffrey, and Karen Cummings. "What Factors Really Influence Shifts in Students' Attitudes and Expectations in an Introductory Physics Course?." Physics Education Research Conference 2006. Syracuse, New York: 2006. 101-104 Vol. 883 of PER Conference. 21 Sep. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=5278&DocID=2124>.
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