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Abstract Title: Mind the Gap Please
Abstract: In a 2005 American Institute of Physics report, Ivie and Ray showed that 46% of the students taking physics at the high school level are women. Yet, only 22% of the bachelor's degrees in physics are awarded to women. Often referred to as the leaky pipeline, it is evident that a large hole exists between high school and college. This investigation will examine how the gender learning gap, the difference in learning gains experienced by men and women, affects participation of women in high school physics. We will present an overview of the investigation study design including the interview protocol, focusing on the persistence of high school women in physics, epistemological surveys, and pre/post diagnostics to be used in evaluating the actual and perceived learning gap. The presentation will include a discussion of the issues that were considered in creating the study design.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Vashti Sawtelle
Florida International University
11200 S.W. 8th Street
Physics - 204
Miami, FL 33199
and Co-Presenter(s)
Eric Brewe, Florida International University, eric.brewe -at- gmail.com;

Jeffery M. Saul, Florida International University,
saulj -at- fiu.edu