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Abstract Title: Exploring the Durability of Student Attitudes Toward Interdisciplinarity
Abstract: Building on prior analyses of how introductory physics experiences affect student attitudes, preliminary evidence suggests that IPLS students, more so than their counterparts in traditional introductory physics courses, express the attitude that physics is relevant to their primary biological interests. We report on the durability of these attitudes. We present results from interdisciplinary attitude surveys given to students a year (or more) after their initial experience in IPLS, as well as immediately after that experience. By tracking the evolution of student attitudes over time, we assess whether attitude improvements due to IPLS are in fact stable and long-lasting. We also explore how students' subsequent coursework in biology or other disciplines may influence  these attitudes.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session II
Poster Number: 2.E5

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Gwendolyn Rak
Swarthmore College
and Co-Presenter(s)
Name: Benjamin D. Geller
Institution: Swarthmore College

Name: Catherine H. Crouch
Institution: Swarthmore College