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Abstract Title: Changes in student attitudes and curricular benefits as a new course activity becomes standard
Abstract: An instructional intervention consisting of students interacting with eight short videos on scientific topics was introduced to a general education physics class. The effects of these videos on student attitudes about science and their scientific reasoning skills were assessed by comparison of pre- and post-test data from the CLASS and Lawson's Test of Scientific Reasoning for two control and three treatment semesters. Initial findings showed improved student attitudes toward science and improved scientific reasoning skills. With continued use of the videos in additional semesters, similar pre-post gains in scientific reasoning skills were observed, however, less improvement in student attitudes toward science was measured. This decrease in improvement of student attitudes as the new course activity became standard has implications for the number of semesters a new curriculum aimed at improving student attitudes should be studied. Most new curricula only report a semester or two of results before wide implementation occurs.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: 1.G5

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Amber Sammons
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61761
Phone: 2176918039
and Co-Presenter(s)
Katie Crook, Illinois State University
Grant Kaufman, Illinois State University
Rebecca Rosenblatt
Raymond Zich, Illinois State University