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Abstract Title: An Examination of the Correlation Between Cognitive Ability and Achievement on the FCI
Abstract: We administered a commercial, nonverbal intelligence test (GAMA) to students in introductory physics. We examined scores on that test to determine if the performance on it, or any of its subtests, can predict student achievement on the Force Concept Inventory (FCI) before and/or after instruction. Given that a gender gap in performance is often seen to exist, gender is also considered as a predictor. The items of the FCI were divided into two groups to be predicted for - one consisting of questions seen to be "difficult" and the other comprising the remaining items. Gender is found to be a significant predictor in all but one situation and, at least, two subtests of the GAMA correlate positively under certain conditions. We discuss possible implications of these results.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: B25

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Matthew Richard Semak
University of Northern Colorado
Physics and Astronomy, 0232G Ross Hall
Campus Box 127
Greeley, CO 80639
Phone: 9703512409
and Co-Presenter(s)
Cynthia Galovich
Richard Dietz

Department of Physics and Astronomy
University of Northern Colorado

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