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Preliminary efforts to evaluate an initiative introducing computation across the undergraduate physics curriculum
written by Andrew Gavrin, Gautam Vemuri, and Danka Maric
We report our preliminary efforts to evaluate a departmental project: the inclusion of computational methods across our undergraduate curriculum. Our overarching goal is for students to consider computational approaches as a "normal" way to solve physics problems, on par with analytical approaches. In this paper, we focus on our efforts to evaluate the development of our students' attitudes and self-efficacy with respect to key computational methods. We describe our efforts to develop and deploy a survey instrument students complete each semester. This allows us to study, e.g., the points in the curriculum at which students gain confidence with particular methods, or adopt more expert-like attitudes regarding computation in general. We investigated the reliability of our instrument using a split-half process and found the Spearman-Brown coefficients for unequal length were r = 0.818, r = 0.895, and r = 0.917 for the three constructs in our survey. We also provide preliminary data from the early use of the survey and outline next steps for the project.
Physics Education Research Conference 2021
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: August 4-5, 2021
Pages 141-146
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
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= Instruments
= Longitudinal
= Methods
- Cognition
= Cognition Development
- Student Characteristics
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- Reference Material
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A. Gavrin, G. Vemuri, and D. Maric, Preliminary efforts to evaluate an initiative introducing computation across the undergraduate physics curriculum, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, 2021, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15739&DocID=5473>.
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Gavrin, A., Vemuri, G., & Maric, D. (2021, August 4-5). Preliminary efforts to evaluate an initiative introducing computation across the undergraduate physics curriculum. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference. Retrieved December 8, 2022, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15739&DocID=5473
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Gavrin, A, G. Vemuri, and D. Maric. "Preliminary efforts to evaluate an initiative introducing computation across the undergraduate physics curriculum." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, August 4-5, 2021. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15739&DocID=5473 (accessed 8 December 2022).
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Gavrin, Andrew, Gautam Vemuri, and Danka Maric. "Preliminary efforts to evaluate an initiative introducing computation across the undergraduate physics curriculum." Physics Education Research Conference 2021. Virtual Conference: 2021. 141-146 of PER Conference. 8 Dec. 2022 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15739&DocID=5473>.
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