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Abstract Title: Winter Break Effect in General Education CLASS Results
Abstract: We use the term "Winter Break Effect" to refer to a shift in student attitudes during the break between the first semester and second semester of a two-course sequence.  We have CLASS data from a two-semester general education physics course sequence that seems to demonstrate a Winter Break Effect: in analysis of matched pairs, the overall expert-like attitude at the start of the second course is higher than that at the end of the first course.  No statistically significant shift is observed from the beginning of the semester to the end in either course.  The effect is visible in the overall CLASS scores; analysis by sub-category reveals that the overall effect is dominated by effects in certain sub-categories.  We attempt to explain these phenomena in terms of models of transformative experience.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

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

Eleanor W. Close  Texas State University-San Marcos