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Abstract Title: Large gender differences in physics self-efficacy at equal performance levels: A warning sign?
Abstract: Self-efficacy, or the belief in one's capability to succeed in a particular task, course, or subject area, has been shown to influence students' learning outcomes. Previous studies have shown that female students have lower self-efficacy than males in physics courses. However, few studies have focused on self-efficacy gender differences at equal performance levels. Differences in self-efficacy for similarly performing males and females can have detrimental short-term and long-term effects. Across two different introductory courses with many different instructors and pedagogies, we uncover large self-efficacy differences between female and male students performing similarly on standardized physics conceptual tests or who received the same course letter grade in physics. We thank the National Science Foundation for support.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B43
Contributed Paper Record: Contributed Paper Information
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Zeynep Y. Kalender
University of Pittsburgh, Department of Physics and Astronomy
and Co-Presenter(s)
Emily Marshman, Timothy Nokes-Malach, Chris Schunn, Chandralekha Singh