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Abstract Title: Understanding Student Evaluations of Others' Problem-Solving Competency
Abstract: Prior work has shown that students exhibit a bias against female physics teachers by the beginning of college and are aware of and respond to societal stereotypes about their performance.  However, the effects of bias between peers have not been studied well, even though it may have a significant impact on the affective experiences and overall learning of physics.  In this poster, results of a preliminary experiment designed to examine students' evaluations of the problem-solving abilities of purported peers are presented.  Students in an algebra-based introductory physics course were asked to assess handwritten solutions to a typical mechanics problem by providing a numerical score, a rationale for the score assigned, and an expected course grade for the solver.  We analyze the assessments for potential gender bias (including both the gender of the solver and that of the assessor), and study the criteria used by assessors in evaluating peers' abilities.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Anna Kiefte
Acadia University
Box 49
12 University Avenue
Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Non U.S. B4P 1V1
Phone: 902-585-1274
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Geoff Potvin (Florida International University)