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written by Bethany R. Wilcox and H. J. Lewandowski
The existence of gender differences in student performance on conceptual assessments and their responses to attitudinal assessments has been repeatedly demonstrated. This difference is often present in students' preinstruction responses and persists in their postinstruction responses. However, one area in which the presence of gender differences has not been extensively explored is undergraduate laboratory courses. For example, one of the few laboratory focused research-based assessments, the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey for Experimental Physics (E-CLASS), has not been tested for the existence of gender differences in students' responses. Here, we utilize a national data set of responses to the E-CLASS to determine if they demonstrate significant gender differences. We also investigate how these differences vary along multiple student and course demographic slices, including course level (first-year vs beyond-first-year) and major (physics vs nonphysics). We observe a gender gap in pre- and postinstruction E-CLASS scores in the aggregate data both for the overall score and for most items individually. However, for some subpopulations (e.g., beyond-first-year students) the size or even existence of the gender gap depends on another dimension (e.g., student major). We also find that for all groups the gap in postinstruction scores vanishes or is greatly reduced when controlling for preinstruction scores, course level, and student major.
Physical Review Physics Education Research: Volume 12, Issue 2, Pages 020130
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Education Foundations
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
- Societal Issues
= Gender Issues
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Upper Undergraduate
- Lower Undergraduate
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10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.12.020130
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experimental physics, laboratories
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Metadata instance created September 28, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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B. Wilcox and H. Lewandowski, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 12 (2), 020130 (2016), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.12.020130).
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B. Wilcox and H. Lewandowski, Research-Based Assessment of Students’ Beliefs about Experimental Physics: When is Gender a Factor?, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 12 (2), 020130 (2016), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.12.020130>.
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Wilcox, B., & Lewandowski, H. (2016, September 16). Research-Based Assessment of Students’ Beliefs about Experimental Physics: When is Gender a Factor?. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., 12(2), 020130. Retrieved May 25, 2019, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.12.020130
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Wilcox, Bethany, and H. J. Lewandowski. "Research-Based Assessment of Students’ Beliefs about Experimental Physics: When is Gender a Factor?." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 12, no. 2, (September 16, 2016): 020130, http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.12.020130 (accessed 25 May 2019).
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Wilcox, Bethany, and H. J. Lewandowski. "Research-Based Assessment of Students’ Beliefs about Experimental Physics: When is Gender a Factor?." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 12.2 (2016): 020130. 25 May 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.12.020130>.
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