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Abstract Title: Adapting Transformative Experience Surveys to Undergraduate Physics
Abstract: Transformative experience (TE) is a theoretical construct intended to capture the extent to which science concepts learned in the classroom shape students' everyday meaning-making and engagement with science outside the classroom (Pugh, 2004). One method available to assess the depth and prevalence of TE is surveying.  We have been adapting existing surveys for use in various undergraduate physics courses at two different institutions, including algebra-based introductory physics courses and physical science courses for pre-service elementary teachers. We describe our efforts to modify existing surveys for use across different courses and content areas and describe our initial findings concerning the depth and prevalence of TE. From survey data, large differences can be detected in both the depth of students' overall engagement and the degree to which that engagement falls off when students are not in the classroom or working on required assignments.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Brian W. Frank
Middle Tennessee State University
1301 E. Main St.
Department of Physics and Astronomy Box 71
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
Phone: 615-494-7844
and Co-Presenter(s)
Leslie J. Atkins, California State University-Chico

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