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Abstract Title: Attitudes of Non-Science Students in a General Education Physics Course
Abstract: The general education requirements at Southern Connecticut State University have recently been restructured to reflect major shifts in university wide learning goals.   As a result, our large enrollment conceptual physics course for non-science majors has been modified to include a significant laboratory component as well as an increased emphasis on critical thinking, mathematical reasoning and learning about science as a process.  This poster will outline the nature of the course and student population.  We will present pre- and post- instruction results on the Colorado Learning Attitudes About Science Survey (CLASS) highlighting apparent instructor effects indicated by differences in post-instruction results for students in different laboratory sections.  We will also compare CLASS results for sub-populations of students.  Our goal is to help document attitudinal starting points and shifts in attitudes for non-science majors in general and women and minority student populations specifically.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Karen Cummings
Southern Connecticut State University
501 Crescent St
New Haven, CT 06515
Phone: 203-392-7043
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jeffrey Marx, McDaniel College and Peter Litwin, Southern Connecticut State University