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Comparison of normalized gain and Cohen’s d for Force Concept Inventory results in an introductory mechanics course
written by David Donnelly, Jean-Michel Mailloux-Huberdeau, Jayson M. Nissen, and Eleanor W. Close
At Texas State University, we have been using the Force Concept Inventory (FCI) to assess our introductory mechanics course since the Spring 2011 semester. This provides us with a large data set (N=1,626) on which to perform detailed statistical analysis of student learning. Recent research has found conflicting results in the relationships between normalized gain <g>, Cohen's d, and pretest mean, which might lead to different interpretations of student learning. Specifically, in one study <g> was found to positively correlate with both pretest mean and pretest standard deviation, whereas Cohen's d did not; in another study, ANOVA showed no connection between <g> and pretest mean. We will present a comparison of <g> and Cohen's d for our data set, and will specifically use these measures to look at performance gaps related to gender and race/ethnicity.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 112-115
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Education - Basic Research
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DOI:
10.1119/perc.2017.pr.023
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1431578
Keywords:
Concept Inventory, Effect Size, Normalized Gain, PERC 2017
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Metadata instance created February 26, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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D. Donnelly, J. Mailloux-Huberdeau, J. Nissen, and E. Close, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14581&DocID=4758).
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D. Donnelly, J. Mailloux-Huberdeau, J. Nissen, and E. Close, Comparison of normalized gain and Cohen’s d for Force Concept Inventory results in an introductory mechanics course, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14581&DocID=4758>.
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Donnelly, D., Mailloux-Huberdeau, J., Nissen, J., & Close, E. (2017, July 26-27). Comparison of normalized gain and Cohen’s d for Force Concept Inventory results in an introductory mechanics course. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved April 2, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14581&DocID=4758
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Donnelly, D, J. Mailloux-Huberdeau, J. Nissen, and E. Close. "Comparison of normalized gain and Cohen’s d for Force Concept Inventory results in an introductory mechanics course." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14581&DocID=4758 (accessed 2 April 2020).
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Donnelly, Dave, Jean-Michel Mailloux-Huberdeau, Jayson Nissen, and Eleanor Close. "Comparison of normalized gain and Cohen’s d for Force Concept Inventory results in an introductory mechanics course." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 112-115 of PER Conference. 2 Apr. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14581&DocID=4758>.
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