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Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
written by Kara E. Gray, Wendy K. Adams, Carl E. Wieman, and Katherine K. Perkins
We measured what students perceive physicists to believe about physics and solving physics problems and how those perceptions differ from the students' personal beliefs. In this study, we used a modified version of the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey which asked students to respond to each statement with both their personal belief and the response they thought a physicist would give. Students from three different types of university introductory physics courses were studied. Students who have not yet taken physics in college have a surprisingly accurate idea of what physicists believe about physics no matter what their high school background and what physics courses they choose to take in college. These ideas are largely unaffected by their college physics instruction. In contrast, students' personal beliefs about physics differ with varying high school physics backgrounds and college physics courses in which they enroll, and these beliefs are affected by college physics instruction. Women have a larger difference between their reported personal beliefs and their perceptions of physicists' beliefs than do men.
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
- Student Characteristics
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Lower Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Professional Development
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© 2008 The American Physical Society
DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.4.020106
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Keywords:
CLASS, gender, high school, introductory physics
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K. Gray, W. Adams, C. Wieman, and K. Perkins, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 4 (2), 020106 (2008), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.4.020106).
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K. Gray, W. Adams, C. Wieman, and K. Perkins, Students know what physicists believe, but they don’t agree: A study using the CLASS survey, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 4 (2), 020106 (2008), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.4.020106>.
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Gray, K., Adams, W., Wieman, C., & Perkins, K. (2008, November 14). Students know what physicists believe, but they don’t agree: A study using the CLASS survey. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 4(2), 020106. Retrieved December 14, 2017, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.4.020106
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Gray, K, W. Adams, C. Wieman, and K. Perkins. "Students know what physicists believe, but they don’t agree: A study using the CLASS survey." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 4, no. 2, (November 14, 2008): 020106, http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.4.020106 (accessed 14 December 2017).
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Gray, Kara, Wendy Adams, Carl Wieman, and Katherine Perkins. "Students know what physicists believe, but they don’t agree: A study using the CLASS survey." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 4.2 (2008): 020106. 14 Dec. 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.4.020106>.
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