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Abstract Title: Rural-Urban and First Generation Differences on the Force and Motion Conceptual Evaluation
Abstract: Differences in student performance on physics conceptual inventories have been studied with respect to gender and race/ethnicity. The current study expands this literature by exploring differences between first generation college students and rural/urban students on the Force and Motion Conceptual Evaluation (FMCE). Students from urban/suburban US counties (n=3,173) and students from rural counties (n=152) were examined.  Multiple linear regression was used to explore the effects of gender, race/ethnicity, first-generation status, and rural-urban status. As expected, significant differences in FMCE post-test were found between men and women, racial and ethnic groups, and first-generation students. In addition, a significant difference was found between students growing up in different environments with students from urban counties outperforming students from rural counties by 5%. Prior preparation, measured by ACT/SAT math scores, did not fully explain this difference and no significant interactions between variables were found.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: C31
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Rachel Henderson
West Virginia University
135 Willey Street
Morgantown, WV 26501
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Cabot Zabriskie, West Virginia University
John Stewart, West Virginia University