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Abstract Title: Role of Assessment Type on Gender Disparity in Undergraduate Physics Performance
Abstract: The existence of a gender disparity in both participation and performance in undergraduate physics is often referred to as a 'gender gap'. This study investigates the role of assessment type on this gender discrepancy in student learning. Data collected at the University of Edinburgh will be presented illustrating the gender performance profiles in course assessments and end-of-course examinations.

Results from first year introductory physics courses show that female students are consistently outperforming male students in coursework assessment between 2006 and 2011, suggesting a slight inclination of females towards continually assessed elements of the course. Trends in examination results show a less distinct pattern. This study has been extended to investigate the extent to which this gender difference in performance persists as students progress through their undergraduate degree programme
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Robyn Donnelly
Physics Education Research Group, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh
James Clerk Maxwell Building, Kings Buildings
Mayfield Road
Edinburgh, UK, Non U.S. EH9 3JZ
Phone: 0131 6506779
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Professor Cait MacPhee, School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Edinburgh
Professor Simon Bates, Department of Physics and Astronomy, University of British Columbia

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