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Toward characterizing the demographics of introductory physics courses
written by Raphael Mondesir and Amy D. Robertson
Recent work by Kanim and Cid suggests that the data used in PER is not representative of students enrolled in physics courses at the national level. Using university-level demographics, Kanim and Cid showed that PER studies oversample from white, wealthy, mathematically-prepared populations of students. What we do not yet know is whether these university-level demographics are representative of introductory physics courses, which are a primary site of research in PER. In this paper we present data from six US institutions, comparing the composition of introductory physics classes to aggregate university demographics in terms of gender and race and/or ethnicity. Our aim is to make progress in characterizing the demographics of introductory physics courses, which is imperative to deepening our understanding of how social disparity is manifested in physics classrooms and the institutions that host them. We discuss limitations of our approach, including problematizing the use of statistics to make sense of who is enrolling in introductory physics.
Physics Education Research Conference 2020
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: July 22-23, 2020
Pages 346-351
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Research Design & Methodology
= Statistics
- Sample Population
= Ethnicity or Race
= Gender
- Student Characteristics
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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10.1119/perc.2020.pr.Mondesir
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PERC 2020
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Metadata instance created August 27, 2020 by Lyle Barbato
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R. Mondesir and A. Robertson, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15507&DocID=5355).
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R. Mondesir and A. Robertson, Toward characterizing the demographics of introductory physics courses, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, 2020, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15507&DocID=5355>.
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Mondesir, R., & Robertson, A. (2020, July 22-23). Toward characterizing the demographics of introductory physics courses. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference. Retrieved March 1, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15507&DocID=5355
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Mondesir, Raphael, and Amy Robertson. "Toward characterizing the demographics of introductory physics courses." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2020, Virtual Conference, July 22-23, 2020. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15507&DocID=5355 (accessed 1 March 2021).
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Mondesir, Raphael, and Amy Robertson. "Toward characterizing the demographics of introductory physics courses." Physics Education Research Conference 2020. Virtual Conference: 2020. 346-351 of PER Conference. 1 Mar. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15507&DocID=5355>.
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