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Abstract Title: Impact of the FIU PhysTEC Reform of Introductory Physics Labs
Abstract: A previous study of the impact of the FIU PhysTEC Project's reform of introductory physics labs reported significant differences in normalized FCI gain and common exam questions in reformed labs versus traditional labs [1]. We have extended the study to investigate gender and ethnicity as well as TA effects. Reformed lab sections incorporated Learning Assistants and implemented University of Maryland tutorials [2]. We will present results on normalized FCI gain and common exam questions. We find no significant difference in student performance when comparing TAs, an 18% improvement in exam scores for females and a 9% improvement on the FCI raw gain for underrepresented students in the reformed labs.

[1] Wells et al., AIP Conf.Proc. 1064:227 (2008).

[2] Scherr, et al., Physics 122: Tutorials and Laboratories, Wiley Custom Press (2007).

Work supported by PhysTEC and NSF PHY-0802184.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Idaykis Rodriguez
Florida International University
11200 SW 8th Street
CP 204 Physics Dept.
Miami, FL 33199
Phone: 305-206-6154
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jethsibeth Palencia, Florida International University
Eric Brewe, Florida International University
Laird Kramer, Florida International University
George O'Brien, Florida International University
Leanne Wells, Florida International University