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Abstract Title: Reducing the FCI Gender Gap
Abstract: After introducing several new elements into an introductory mechanics course at Loyola Marymount University, we observed a substantial reduction in the gender gap on the FCI.  The course used the Thinking in Physics curriculum, an interactive engagement pedagogy aimed at developing general thinking and problem solving skills along with an understanding of physics.  The new elements were designed to reduce stereotype threat and to improve the experience of female students.  They included giving students a self-affirmation writing exercise created by researchers at the University of Colorado and interviewing students at the beginning of the course.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Vincent P. Coletta
Loyola Marymount University
1 LMU Drive
Los Angeles, CA 90045
Phone: 310-338-7352