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Racial and ethnic bias in the Force Concept Inventory
written by Rachel Henderson and John Stewart
Gender gaps on the various physics concept inventories have been extensively studied; however, little work has been done to explore racial or ethnic biases. In this work, we will present student averages on the Force Concept Inventory (FCI) for African-American (n=85), Caucasian (n=1665), and Hispanic (n=82) students. Hierarchical linear regression was used to explore the effects of gender and race/ethnicity on FCI posttest scores. As expected from the literature, a gender gap of 8% was found in the FCI posttest scores with male students outperforming female students. Differences in FCI posttest performance were also measured with Caucasian students outperforming African-American students (14%) and Hispanic students (6%). After controlling for course performance measured by physics grade, the differences narrowed somewhat; Caucasian students outperformed both African-American students (9%) and Hispanic students (4%) on the FCI posttest. No significant interaction between gender and race/ethnicity was found; the gender gap identified in the majority population was shared equally by all students.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 172-175
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Instruments
- Sample Population
= Ethnicity or Race
= Gender
- Lower Undergraduate
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10.1119/perc.2017.pr.038
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Henderson, R., & Stewart, J. (2017, July 26-27). Racial and ethnic bias in the Force Concept Inventory. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved September 21, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14598&DocID=4775
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Henderson, Rachel, and John Stewart. "Racial and ethnic bias in the Force Concept Inventory." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14598&DocID=4775 (accessed 21 September 2021).
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Henderson, Rachel, and John Stewart. "Racial and ethnic bias in the Force Concept Inventory." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 172-175 of PER Conference. 21 Sep. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14598&DocID=4775>.
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