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Abstract Title: Attitudinal assessment of students in an introductory physics course for pre-health majors
Abstract: A pilot algebra-based introductory physics course for pre-health and life science majors was designed to highlight the relevance physics will have on students' future careers. This was done through the use of biomedically inspired content and video interviews with biomedical experts delivered via the multimedia tool the smartPhysics Framework.  We will present the results of an assessment of the attitudinal shifts of the students using the Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey (CLASS). Studies shows that nearly all university level courses lead to shifts away from expert-like thinking/attitudes and toward novice-like thinking/attitudes. Our results will be compared to the attitudinal shifts of students enrolled in the concurrent traditionally taught algebra-based physics course and the shifts across the first two quarters of the three term introductory sequence. The results show a number of large favorable trends for students taking the pilot course that focuses on biomedical equipment.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Elliot Mylott
Portland State University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Warren Christensen - North Dakota State University
Ralf Widenhorn - Portland State University