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Abstract Title: Motivational, Identity, and Demographic Factors in Undergraduate Physics
Abstract: Motivational and identity factors such as belonging and personal interest have emerged in STEM equity studies to be key predictors of retention. To further investigate these factors and other potential factors, we administered a survey to 153 undergraduate STEM majors (about 120 of whom were physics majors) enrolled in first through fourth-year level physics courses. The survey consisted of items in the Colorado Learning Attitudes in Science Survey and over 15 other validated scales measuring factors such as belonging, intent-to-drop, mindset, and values. Employing linear regression models, we present preliminary results indicating that while personal interest does predict grades and intent-to-drop, the factor of belonging may be a much stronger predictor and may be a mediating factor in such predictions. We also report evidence indicating relationships between demographic factors (e.g. gender, ethnicity, parents' education, transfer status) and students' responses to the survey items and achievement outcomes (e.g. course grade).
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Hanna Martin Lafranconi
The Ohio State University
1006 Physics Research Building
191 W Woodruff Ave
Columbus, OH 43210
Phone: 5136001346
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Name: Mike A. Lopez
Institution: The Ohio State University

Name: Andrew F. Heckler
Institution: The Ohio State University