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Abstract Title: The additional benefit of working in same-gender groups on students’ self-efficacy in introductory physics
Abstract: We describe a study in which a validated motivational survey was used to investigate the effect of working in mixed or same-gender groups on physics self-efficacy and "peer effect on self-efficacy" in a calculus-based introductory physics course in which women are severely underrepresented. Compared to those who mostly worked alone, those who worked in a group, in general, reported that their peers increased their physics self-efficacy. Moreover, for both women and men, working in same-gender groups resulted in a "protective effect" for those who reported low physics self-efficacy in that students in same gender groups with low and high self-efficacy had smaller variations in their peer effect on self-efficacy scores than those who worked in mixed gender groups. While these effects held for both men and women, the average scores on physics self-efficacy, sense of belonging and peer effect on self-efficacy were higher for men in each of these categories.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: 2.J2

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Alysa Malespina
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Phone: 9043157767
and Co-Presenter(s)
Chandralekha Singh - University of Pittsburgh