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Abstract Title: Student attitude changes and curricular benefits from two instructional interventions
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Abstract: We report on a study comparing the impact on student attitudes about science and scientific reasoning skills of two instructional interventions applied in a single semester general education physics course. The first intervention had students watch videos on physics topics and complete worksheets testing their comprehension of the concepts and the scientific reasoning shown. The second intervention had students manipulate PhET simulations and complete worksheets based on the simulations. The results of these instructional interventions are presented for two control, three video treatment, and four PhET simulation semesters. The CLASS and Lawson's CTSR were used for pre- and posttests to assess changes in students' attitudes about science and students' scientific reasoning skills. Pre-post shifts in student attitudes were 3% toward more expert-like attitudes with the video interventions and 6.3% with the PhET simulations, and improvements of scientific reasoning skills of 4.2% with the videos and 7% with the PhET simulations.
Session Time: Poster Session 2
Poster Number: II-47

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Grant Kaufman
Illinois State University
Normal, IL 61790
Phone: 815-263-8818
and Co-Presenter(s)
Jeffrey Rosauer (He/Him) Illinois State University

Raymond Zich (He/Him) Illinois State University