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Systemic inequities in introductory physics courses: the impacts of learning assistants
written by Ben Van Dusen and Jayson M. Nissen
Creating equitable performance outcomes among students is a focus of many instructors and researchers. One focus of this effort is examining disparities in physics student performance across genders, which is a well-established problem. Another less common focus is disparities across racial and ethnic groups, which may have received less attention due to low representation rates making it difficult to identify gaps in their performance. In this investigation we examined associations between Learning Assistant (LA) supported courses and improved equity in student performance. We built Hierarchical Linear Models of student performance to investigate how performance differed by gender and by race/ethnicity and how LAs may have moderated those differences. Data for the analysis came from pre-post concept inventories in introductory mechanics courses collected through the Learning About STEM Student Outcomes (LASSO) platform. Our models show that gaps in performance across genders and races/ethnicities were similar in size and increased from pre to post instruction. LA-support is meaningfully and reliably associated with improvement in overall student performance but not with shifts in within-course performance gaps.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 400-403
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Education - Applied Research
- Teacher Preparation
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
- Societal Issues
= Gender Issues
= International Issues
= Race Issues
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2017.pr.095
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1525338
Keywords:
Concept Inventory, Equity, Ethnicity, Gender, LASSO, Learning Assistant, PERC 2017, Race
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Metadata instance created February 26, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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February 28, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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B. Van Dusen and J. Nissen, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14583&DocID=4760).
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B. Van Dusen and J. Nissen, Systemic inequities in introductory physics courses: the impacts of learning assistants, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14583&DocID=4760>.
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Van Dusen, B., & Nissen, J. (2017, July 26-27). Systemic inequities in introductory physics courses: the impacts of learning assistants. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved September 18, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14583&DocID=4760
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Van Dusen, Ben, and Jayson Nissen. "Systemic inequities in introductory physics courses: the impacts of learning assistants." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14583&DocID=4760 (accessed 18 September 2019).
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Van Dusen, Ben, and Jayson Nissen. "Systemic inequities in introductory physics courses: the impacts of learning assistants." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 400-403 of PER Conference. 18 Sep. 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14583&DocID=4760>.
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