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Abstract Title: Breaking Expectations: International Female Student Performance in Calculus-Based Mechanics course
Abstract: Purdue University has the second largest international student enrollment in the country, which translated to nearly 40% self-reported international students in our Fall 2012 calculus-based introductory mechanics course. Surprising, both international and domestic populations have 25% female students. Contrary to expectations, preliminary examination of student exams scores show that the international female students were the highest performing students in our introductory calculus-based mechanics course.  An obvious conclusion is that the international female population are simply better prepared for the course, except that analysis of pre-test results of the Classroom Test of Scientific Reasoning show no difference between the populations. In this poster we present a further investigation of these results.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jignesh Mehta
Department of Physics, Purdue University
525 Northwestern Ave
West Lafayette, IN 47907-2036
Phone: 765-494-2970
Fax: 765-494-0706
and Co-Presenter(s)
Ethan Stanley, Department of Physics, Purdue University
Andrew Hirsch, Department of Physics, Purdue University
Rebecca Lindell, Department of Physics, Purdue University