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Abstract Title: Force Concepts in Different Student Groups: FCI With Variations and Extensions
Abstract: The engineering physics program in Göteborg attracts very strong students, who consistently (since 2004) score an average around 80% on the FCI during the first week at the university. We have also adminstered the FCI for number of other programs, where the entrance results typically have been around 55-60%. Although female students are  among top scorers in all groups, on the average, they score lower. The gap was unchanged when the original FCI was replaced by the "gender-adapted FCI". To investigate the possibility of a selection bias, the test was also given to a couple of high-school classes. For the  engineering physics students we are now experimenting with a selection of 15 FCI items combined with addifional questions aiming to lower the entrance score. Post-testing after an introductory course, including amusement park projects, showed a normalized gain around 50% for all parts of the test.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Ann-Marie Pendrill
University of Gothenburg
Department of Physics
Göteborg, Sweden SE-412 96
Phone: +46 70787 0427
Fax: +46 31 7723496
and Co-Presenter(s)
Linda Gunnarsson
Hulebäcksgymnasiet, Idrottsvägen 2, SE 435 80 Mölnlycke, Sweden

Jonn Lantz
1) Department of Physics, University of Gothenburg, SE 412 96 Göteborg, Sweden