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Abstract Title: The impact of prior preparation and motivational characteristics on learning outcomes in introductory physics courses
Abstract: Identifying factors that impact learning outcomes in physics courses is important for developing and implementing pedagogies and interventions to help students learn better. We have been collecting motivational data and performance outcomes on over 1,000 students in introductory physics courses over the past several years. Here, we report on how prior preparation and motivational characteristics (such as self-efficacy) impact student performance in introductory physics courses. We also describe how prior preparation and aspects of motivational characteristics mediate effects of gender on learning outcomes. We thank the National Science Foundation for support.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B61
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Timothy J. Nokes-Malach
University of Pittsburgh
3939 O'Hara Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 412 624 7789
and Co-Presenter(s)
Zeynep Y. Kalender, University of Pittsburgh
Emily Marshman, University of Pittsburgh
Chris Schunn, University of Pittsburgh
Chandralekha Singh, University of Pittsburgh