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Abstract Title: A Survey on Student Self-efficacy in Physics Problem Solving
Abstract: Self-efficacy is often described as a person's belief in her/his ability to accomplish a specific task, and is both content and context dependent. Self-efficacy is both informed by past performance (of the individual and of those considered to be peers), and can impact current performance levels.  This may be especially important for female students in science, who tend to drop out of science classrooms with much better performance records than their male counterparts.  Ethnic minorities are also under-represented in STEM fields.  Self-efficacy beliefs for both female and minority students informs course-taking patterns and career choices.  Work has been underway to develop an instrument to examine self-efficacy beliefs of students on their problem solving abilities in physics, paralleling work in math self-efficacy literature.  Analysis of student self-efficacy ratings  on physics problem solving tasks as they correlate with performance measures will be presented.  Differences by gender and ethnicity will also be analyzed.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Kimberly A Shaw
Columbus State University
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Dept of Earth and Space Sciences
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