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Abstract Title: Unpacking Gender Differences in Students' Perceived Experiences in Introductory Physics
Abstract: Prior research has shown: 1) males outperform females on conceptual assessments (a gender gap) at our institution, 2) the gender gap persists despite the use of research-based reforms, and 3) the gender gap is correlated with students' physics and mathematics background and prior attitudes and beliefs [Kost, et. al. PRST-PER, 5, 010101].  We next begin to explore how males and females experience the introductory course differently and how these differences relate to the gender gap.  In a survey to students in the introductory course we investigated students' physics identity and sense of belonging, epistemology, and self-efficacy.  We find there are significant gender differences in each of these three areas, and further find that these measures are weakly correlated with student conceptual performance, and moderately correlated with course grade.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Lauren Kost
University of Colorado at Boulder
390 UCB
University of Colorado at Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0390
and Co-Presenter(s)
Steven Pollock
University of Colorado at Boulder
Steven.Pollock -at- colorado.edu

Noah Finkelstein
University of Colorado at Boulder
Noah.Finkelstein -at- colorado.edu