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The impact of stereotype threat on gender gap in introductory physics
written by Alexandru Maries, Nafis I. Karim, and Chandralekha Singh
Many prior studies have found a gender gap between male and female students' performance on conceptual assessments such as the Force Concept Inventory (FCI) and the Conceptual Survey of Electricity and Magnetism (CSEM) with male students performing better than female students. Prior studies have also found that activation of a negative stereotype about a group or stereotype threat, e.g., asking test-takers to indicate their ethnicity before taking a test, can lead to deteriorated performance of the stereotyped group. Here, we describe two studies in which we investigated the gender gap on the FCI and CSEM. In the first study, we investigated whether asking students to indicate their gender immediately before taking the CSEM increased the gender gap compared to students who were not asked for this information. In the second study, conducted with over 1100 introductory physics students, we investigated the prevalence of the belief that men generally perform better in physics than women and the extent to which this belief is correlated with the performance of both the female and male students on the FCI.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 256-259
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Instruments
- Sample Population
= Gender
- Societal Issues
= Gender Issues
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
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Maries, A., Karim, N., & Singh, C. (2017, July 26-27). The impact of stereotype threat on gender gap in introductory physics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved August 7, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14619&DocID=4796
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Maries, A, N. Karim, and C. Singh. "The impact of stereotype threat on gender gap in introductory physics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14619&DocID=4796 (accessed 7 August 2020).
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Maries, Alexandru, Nafis I. Karim, and Chandralekha Singh. "The impact of stereotype threat on gender gap in introductory physics." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 256-259 of PER Conference. 7 Aug. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14619&DocID=4796>.
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