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Abstract Title: Factors Contributing to CLASS Shifts in a General Education Physics Course
Abstract: We used the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey (CLASS) to assess changes in attitude during a general education course aimed at non-science majors.  The course is two semesters in duration, and both semesters were surveyed.  We analyzed data from over 1000 students in 26 different sections over three semesters.  With this study, we observe a variety of different attitudinal shifts in different sections.  In general one might expect that increases in favorable responses would be accompanied by decreases in unfavorable responses.  However, we observe some situations with increases in both favorable and unfavorable responses, and others with decreases in both.  We will present an analysis of the attitudinal shifts, and discuss factors, such as instructor and method of instruction, that might contribute to shifts in attitude.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: David Donnelly
Texas State University-San Marcos
601 University Dr.
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: 512-245-3640
Fax: 512-245-8233
and Co-Presenter(s)
Eleanor Close, Texas State University-San Marcos
Hunter Close, Texas State University-San Marcos