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A comparison study of pre/post-test and retrospective pre-test for measuring faculty attitude change
written by Stephanie V. Chasteen and Rajendra Chattergoon
We report on our investigation of a retrospective pre-test to measure faculty attitude change towards the use of active learning after the Physics and Astronomy New Faculty Workshop (NFW). The purpose of the study is to explore alternative methods of evaluating the effectiveness of educational interventions aimed at attitude change. In the current study, we focus on faculty attitudes that would support change in teaching practice. Using traditional pre/post surveys, we find that only knowledge of and skill using active learning are substantively increased by the workshop. We administered a retrospective pre-test, where participants retrospectively rate their pre-workshop attitudes on the post-workshop survey. The rationale for this approach is that participants do not start with a common understanding of what "active learning" entails, and the workshop provides a normalizing experience so participants shift their understanding of active learning (termed response shift bias) as well as potentially generating gains in positive attitudes towards active learning. Using the retrospective pre-test, we see attitudinal gains for most items, but pre-test and retrospective pre-test results are poorly and inconsistently correlated. Preliminary interviews are suggestive of response shift bias, but only for some items. We can conclude that the validity of pre-workshop attitude ratings is questionable, but because of a conflation of response shift bias with other reporting biases (such as social desirability) and respondent characteristics, further research is needed to indicate whether retrospective pre-testing is an improved approach.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
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Education - Applied Research
- Active Learning
- Professional Development
Education - Basic Research
- Research Design & Methodology
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- Sample Population
= Instructor: Faculty
- Teacher Characteristics
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- Professional Development
- Reference Material
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S. Chasteen and R. Chattergoon, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15261&DocID=5173).
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S. Chasteen and R. Chattergoon, A comparison study of pre/post-test and retrospective pre-test for measuring faculty attitude change, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15261&DocID=5173>.
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Chasteen, S., & Chattergoon, R. (2019, July 24-25). A comparison study of pre/post-test and retrospective pre-test for measuring faculty attitude change. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved April 8, 2020, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15261&DocID=5173
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Chasteen, Stephanie, and Rajendra Chattergoon. "A comparison study of pre/post-test and retrospective pre-test for measuring faculty attitude change." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15261&DocID=5173 (accessed 8 April 2020).
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Chasteen, Stephanie, and Rajendra Chattergoon. "A comparison study of pre/post-test and retrospective pre-test for measuring faculty attitude change." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. of PER Conference. 8 Apr. 2020 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15261&DocID=5173>.
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