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Abstract Title: A longitudinal study of the development of attitudes and beliefs towards Physics
Abstract: Student success in a Physics degree has been shown to depend on more than just performance in course assessment; important additional factors include student attitudes and beliefs about their subject. We have used an instrument (CLASS) that measures how student epistemologies evolve over the course of their undergraduate degrees. Our previous work has sampled a cross-section of students across the Physics undergraduate programme at Edinburgh in a given academic year, and found that student attitudes and beliefs remain essentially static. Here, we present fully longitudinal data collected over the past three years, where we track the evolution of attitudes and beliefs of one group of students. We find broadly similar results: attitudes and beliefs remain surprisingly consistent over time. This suggests that a 'cross-sectional' or 'pseudo-longitudinal' study (collecting snapshot data in one year) is a valid methodology, rather than necessarily having to wait several years to accumulate fully longitudinal data.
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Ross Galloway
University of Edinburgh
James Clerk Maxwell Building
King's Buildings
Edinburgh, EH9 3JZ
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Kate Slaughter, University of Edinburgh
Simon Bates, University of Edinburgh