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Abstract Title: Survey of Student Characteristics in Studio-mode Classrooms at a Large Research University: Demographics
Abstract: As part of a project to explore successful strategies for using studio methods, such as SCALE-UP, with diverse student populations and institutional structures, we want to identify what student characteristics are associated with different outcomes. As a first step, we compiled questions from several existing surveys designed to measure characteristics such as attitudes toward learning, experiences outside the classroom and demographics. Here, we analyze relationships between students' demographic backgrounds, such as gender, ethnicity, residence, and past physics experience, and their conceptual understanding as measured by the Force Concept Inventory. We present results from four Spring 2014 first-semester studio-mode introductory physics courses: two algebra-based (N=108) and two calculus-based (N=116), each with different instructors. Along with our results, we highlight the use of bootstrapping methods to construct standard errors and effect size confidence intervals, which are a better approach than traditional methods when data is non-normally distributed or the distribution is unknown.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Jarrad Pond
University of Central Florida
4000 Central Florida Blvd.
Building 121 PS 104
Orlando, FL 32816
Phone: 3862127216
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jacquelyn J. Chini (University of Central Florida)