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Abstract Title: Exploring the Role of Gender and Expertise in CLASS Responses through Graduate Students
Abstract: The Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey (CLASS) is commonly used to probe student views about physics by comparing student responses to physics "expert" responses. The CLASS developers found overwhelming agreement among physics experts on most, but not all, of the survey's 42 statements. However, at the introductory student level, previous studies have acknowledged differences by gender, with male students aligning their personal views more similarly to the expert view while female students more accurately identify what experts believe than males. While some prior research has explored the development of physics expertise via CLASS, it has not explored this development separately for men and women. Our work addresses two questions: do male and female experts agree about CLASS items? If so, at what point does the gap close? In the present study, we explore CLASS responses by graduate students at two large, public doctorate-granting institutions through surveys and follow-up interviews.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Brian Zamarripa-Roman
University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Blvd
Physics Department
Orlando, FL 32816
and Co-Presenter(s)
Elizabeth Gire, Jacquelyn J. Chini