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Abstract Title: The Impacts of Instructor and Student Gender on Student Performance in Introductory Modeling Instruction Courses
Abstract: This study considers the impact of instructor on the gender gap in students' scores on the Force Concept Inventory (FCI) in Modeling Instruction (MI) courses at Florida International University (FIU). Earlier work has shown that MI had increased FCI scores overall when compared to traditional lecture courses; however, the gap between male and female students' scores in the MI courses increased over the course of the semester. Student data was collected from 600 students at FIU, over 19 semesters, with 11 different instructors. General Linear Regression was used to determine the significance of the student gender and instructor factors in predicting a student's FCI score post-instruction and the fraction of variance explained by these factors. Effect sizes were then calculated from the difference in female students' scores from male students' scores and compared between instructors.
Abstract Type: Symposium Poster
Targeted Session: Gender issues in introductory physics: Recruitment, performance, and retention

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Daryl McPadden
Florida International University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Eric Brewe

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