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Abstract Title: Does a the worldview of a physicist require scientific reasoning skills?
Abstract: We as physics educators are reluctant to believe that our students are too stupid to learn physics and devote time to develop ingenious forms of teaching to make it possible for everyone to litterally see the the light the way we do. What does it take to become a physicist, and can anybody make it? To investigate this question, I have conducted surveys on students of  introductory physics at Dalarna University.

The Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey (CLASS), was used to probe the students attitudes about physics and its learning. In addition, Lawsons Classroom test of Scientific reasoning skills (LCTSR), which measures the maturity of scientific resoning skills in students was used.

The results show a statistically significant correlation between the total score on LCTSR and the degree to which the responses on CLASS agree with those of professional physicists.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Markku Jääskeläinen
Dalarna University
Dalarna University, SE79188 Falun, Sweden
Falun, Non U.S. SE79188