Date of Award
Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Biology and University Honors
Science -- Study and teaching (Secondary), Science students -- Attitudes -- Sex differences, Self-efficacy
The Physics First sequence has been known to increase competence and test scores of students, but how is science identity developed through Physics First? Particularly, this study compares the differences between males and females to better understand if competence makes a difference in how science identity develops through Physics First. The Colorado Learning Attitudes about Science Survey (CLASS) is utilized to understand how science attitudes may reflect science identity. In focusing on the self-perceived aspect of science identity, real-world connections and self-efficacy categories in which science identity are evaluated. The study found significant negative shifts in real world connection attitudes among females who completed the Patterns Physics course.
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Tran, Vanessa, "Evaluating Student Growth in High School Science Education Through the Lens of Science Identity" (2017). University Honors Theses. Paper 507.