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Abstract Title: Assessing students' attitudes in a college physics course in Mexico
Abstract: Considering the benefits of modeling instruction in improving conceptual learning while students work more like scientists, an implementation was made in an introductory Physics course in a Mexican University. Recently Brewe, Kramer and O'Brien have observed positive attitudinal shifts using modeling instruction. These results are contrary to previous observations on other methodologies that promote active learning. Inspired in those results, the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey (CLASS) was applied as pre and post tests in two courses with modeling. In comparing the different categories of the CLASS, we have determined positive shifts in all the categories and significantly differences in Overall and Applied Conceptual Understanding for a sample of 44 students. Given the characteristics of the sample, this study has required non parametric methods.
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Primary Contact: Hugo Alarcon
Tecnologico de Monterrey
Av. E. Garza Sada 2501
Monterrey, Mexico 64849
Phone: +528183582000 Ext. 4631
Fax: +528183582000 Ext. 4632
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jorge de la Garza
Tecnologico de Monterrey