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Test anxiety, self-efficacy, and gender: A quest for equitable assessment practices in physics
written by Chandralekha Singh and Alysa Malespina
Prior research shows that gender differences in self-efficacy and test anxiety can predict students' course performance. Although there has been research that uses test anxiety and self-efficacy to predict student grades, no study to our knowledge has investigated this in the context of low- and high-stakes physics assessments. In this work, we used survey data and grade information to compare the predictive power of self-reported self-efficacy and test anxiety on low-stakes (e.g., homework and quizzes) and high-stakes (e.g., traditional exams) assessment scores in a traditionally taught large introductory physics course. We found that there are gender differences in both self-efficacy and test anxiety, as well as in high-stakes assessment outcomes. There were no gender differences in low-stakes assessment scores. Further, we found that models that control for self-efficacy and/or test anxiety eliminate the predictive power of gender for high-stakes assessment scores. Finally, we found that self-efficacy partially mediates the effect of test anxiety on high-stakes assessment outcomes. These trends suggest that teaching methods that alleviate test anxiety have the potential to create a more equitable learning environment.
Physics Education Research Conference 2021
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: August 4-5, 2021
Pages 390-395
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Education - Basic Research
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- Cognition
- Societal Issues
= Gender Issues
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C. Singh and A. Malespina, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, 2021, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15786&DocID=5515).
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C. Singh and A. Malespina, Test anxiety, self-efficacy, and gender: A quest for equitable assessment practices in physics, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, 2021, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15786&DocID=5515>.
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Singh, C., & Malespina, A. (2021, August 4-5). Test anxiety, self-efficacy, and gender: A quest for equitable assessment practices in physics. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference. Retrieved July 4, 2022, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15786&DocID=5515
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Singh, Chandralekha, and Alysa Malespina. "Test anxiety, self-efficacy, and gender: A quest for equitable assessment practices in physics." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, August 4-5, 2021. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15786&DocID=5515 (accessed 4 July 2022).
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Singh, Chandralekha, and Alysa Malespina. "Test anxiety, self-efficacy, and gender: A quest for equitable assessment practices in physics." Physics Education Research Conference 2021. Virtual Conference: 2021. 390-395 of PER Conference. 4 July 2022 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15786&DocID=5515>.
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