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Abstract Title: Studying student attitudes and motivation in a first-year physics course
Abstract: During the 2015-2016, 2016-2017, and 2017-2018 school years, high school students learned physics through the Investigative Science Learning Environment (ISLE). Each year, the first-year honors physics students regularly designed experiments that engaged them in the science practices and focused on the development of various scientific abilities. Based on prior studies, we know that this sample of high school students is capable of achieving proficiency with the scientific abilities. However, does learning in a collaborative, investigative environment have an influence on student goals, attitudes, and confidence? During this three-year period, we collected pre and post surveys for first year honors physics students. We report on the study in which we analyze student responses and growth to questions associated with motivation to take a physics course, goal setting, comfort and confidence with scientific abilities, and attitudes via the E-CLASS survey.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B45

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Danielle Bugge
Rutgers University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Eugenia Etkina, Rutgers University