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Abstract Title: Measuring Students’ Beliefs about Physics in Saudi Arabia
Abstract: Over the last decade, science education researchers in the US have studied students' beliefs about science and learning science and measured how these beliefs change in response to classroom instruction in science. In this work, we present an Arabic version of the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey (CLASS) which was developed to measure students' beliefs about physics at King Saud University (KSU) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. We will describe the translation process, which included review by four experts in physics and science education and ten student interviews to ensure that the statements remained valid after translation. We have administered the Arabic CLASS to over 300 students in introductory physics courses at KSU's men's and women's campuses. We will present a summary of students' beliefs about physics at KSU and compare these results to similar students in the US.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Hisham A. Alhadlaq
The Excellence Center of Science and Mathematics Education, King Saud University
PO BOX 2455
Riyadh, Non U.S. 11451
Phone: +96614676435
Fax: +96614673656
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
F. Alshaya1,2 , S. Alabdalkareem1,2 , K. Perkins3,  W. Adams3,  C. Wieman3,4

1 The Excellence Center of Science and Mathematics Education, King Saud University, PO BOX 2458 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
2 Department of Curriculum and Instruction, College of Education, King Saud University, PO BOX 2458 Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
3 Department of Physics, University of Colorado, Boulder, Colorado 80309, USA
4 Carl Wieman Science Education Initiative, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC V6T1Z3, Canada