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Abstract Title: Investigating the role of prior preparation and self-efficacy on female and male students’ introductory physics course achievements
Abstract: Research suggests that self-efficacy is one of the central factors in predicting students' engagement, participation and retention in STEM fields. Physics is one of the STEM fields in which women are severely under-represented and prior research suggests that women often underperform on conceptual assessments and sometimes even on the final exam. Women also report lower self-efficacy than men in physics. We studied female and male students' self-efficacy and its relation to learning outcomes in introductory physics courses. We discuss examination of students' self-efficacy scores across gender and investigation of the extent to which self-efficacy mediates learning outcomes for male and female students controlling for students' academic prior preparation. We thank the National Science Foundation for support.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B9
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Z. Yasemin Kalender
University of Pittsburgh
and Co-Presenter(s)
Emily Marshman, Christian D. Schunn, Timothy J. Nokes-Malach, and Chandralekha Singh