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Abstract Title: Development of a Survey to Assess Transformative Experience in an Introductory Calculus-Based Mechanics Course
Abstract: At Texas State University, we have been implementing many research-based curricula in our introductory physics classes, and have developed a survey to assess the degree of Transformative Experience(1) in our students. The survey contains 29 items, and was modeled after one used by Pugh(1), and is similar to those developed by Frank and Atkins(2). Our pilot survey was administered to a total of 209 students during the 2014-2015 academic year. Statistical analysis of the results give Cronbach's alpha of 0.96, with item-whole correlations all above 0.4. Exploratory factor analysis indicates two factors, with most item loadings >0.4 on one or the other factor.  Six of the 29 items had approximately equal loading on both factors.  We will present the results of Confirmatory Factor Analysis, as well as Rasch Analysis to test how well the survey matches our construct.

1. "Motivation, Learning, and Transformative Experience:  A Study of Deep Engagement in Science", K. J. Pugh, L. Linnenbrink-Garcia, K. K. Koskey, V. C. Stewart, and C. Manzey.  Science Education, 94(1), (2009)

2. "Adapting Transformative Experience Surveys to Undergraduate Physics", B. Frank and L. Atkins, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Dr. Steven Wolf
Texas State University
601 University Dr.
Department of Physics
San Marcos, TX 78666
Phone: 512-245-2131
and Co-Presenter(s)
Dr. David Donnelly
Texas State University
601 University Dr.
Department of Physics
San Marcos TX 78666