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Abstract Title: Attitudinal Assessment of Curriculum on the Physics of Medical Instruments
Abstract: Over the past several years, a curriculum targeting pre-health students and focused on the physics behind biomedical instruments has been in development at Portland State University. Recently, an effort to assess the curriculum's impact on students has begun. Given the hands-on focus of the course and positive feedback from students, we hypothesized that it would positively impact their attitudes toward physics and physics learning. We administered the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey (CLASS) in order to cast light on students attitudes. The survey was administered to the summer course and to introductory algebra-based physics courses at the same university. The summer course "Physics in Biomedicine" produced a small, non-significant shift in student attitudes. This is a promising result, when contrasted with the significant negative shift that is the norm among introductory courses and occurred in our introductory algebra-based physics course.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: James K Johnson
Physics Department, Portland State University
2404 SW 6th Ave
Apt. 04
Portland, OR 97201
and Co-Presenter(s)
Additional Authors:
Name: Warren  Christensen
Institution: North Dakota State University

Name: Ralf  Widenhorn
Institution: Portland State University

Name: Grace  Van Ness
Institution: Portland State University

Name: Elizabeth  Anderson
Institution: Portland State University