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Abstract Title: Assessing Gender Differences in Students' Understanding of Magnetism
Abstract: We investigate gender differences in students' difficulties with concepts related to magnetism.  Our research uses a multiple-choice test whose reliability and validity have been substantiated earlier.  We also conduct individual interviews with a subset of students to get a better understanding of the rationale behind their responses.  We find that females performed significantly worse than males when the test was given both as a pre-test and post-test in traditionally taught calculus-based introductory physics courses. In the algebra-based courses, the performance of females was significantly worse in the pre-test but there was no statistical difference in the post-test performance of males and females. We discuss possible reasons for these differences. Supported by NSF.
Abstract Type: Gallery Session Poster
Poster Gallery Session: Multiple Assessments of Multiple-choice Assessments

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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jing Li
Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of Pittsburgh
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Chandralekha Singh, University of Pittsburgh