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written by R. D. Dietz, R. H. Pearson, M. R. Semak, and C. W. Willis
Could the well-established fact that males tend to score higher than females on the Force Concept Inventory (FCI) be due to gender bias in the questions? The eventual answer to the question hinges on the definition of bias. We assert that a question is biased only if a factor other than ability (in this case gender) affects the likelihood that a student will answer the question correctly. The statistical technique of differential item functioning allows us to control for ability in our analysis of student performance on each of the thirty FCI questions. This method uses the total score on the FCI as the measure of ability. We conclude that the evidence for gender bias in the FCI questions is marginal at best.
Physics Education Research Conference 2011
Part of the PER Conference series
Omaha, Nebraska: August 3-4, 2011
Volume 1413, Pages 171-174
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
= Instruments
- Research Design & Methodology
= Evaluation
= Statistics
- Sample Population
= Gender: Female
= Gender: Male
- Societal Issues
= Gender Issues
- Student Characteristics
= Ability
- Lower Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Reference Material
= Research study
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© 2011 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.3680022
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.gf
01.75.+m
Keywords:
PERC 2011, Physics education research, bias, differential item functioning, gender, mechanics, student understanding
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R. Dietz, R. Pearson, M. Semak, and C. Willis, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11839&DocID=2690).
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R. Dietz, R. Pearson, M. Semak, and C. Willis, Gender bias in the force concept inventory?, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11839&DocID=2690>.
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Dietz, R., Pearson, R., Semak, M., & Willis, C. (2011, August 3-4). Gender bias in the force concept inventory?. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska. Retrieved September 24, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11839&DocID=2690
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Dietz, R, R. Pearson, M. Semak, and C. Willis. "Gender bias in the force concept inventory?." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, August 3-4, 2011. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11839&DocID=2690 (accessed 24 September 2014).
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Dietz, R. D., R. H. Pearson, M. R. Semak, and C. W. Willis. "Gender bias in the force concept inventory?." Physics Education Research Conference 2011. Omaha, Nebraska: 2011. 171-174 Vol. 1413 of PER Conference. 24 Sep. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11839&DocID=2690>.
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