Exploring gender differences with different gain calculations in astronomy and biology

Willoughby, Shannon D. and Metz, Anneke (2009) Exploring gender differences with different gain calculations in astronomy and biology. American Journal of Physics, 77 (7). pp. 651-657. ISSN 0002-9505, 1943-2909

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Abstract

To investigate differences in learning gains by gender, we collected data in large introductory astronomy and biology courses. Male astronomy students had significantly higher pre- and post-test scores than female students on the astronomy diagnostic test. Male students also had significantly higher pretest and somewhat higher post-test scores than female students on a survey instrument designed for an introductory biology course. For both courses, males had higher learning gains than female students only when the normalized gain measure was utilized. No differences were found with any other measures, including other gain calculations, overall course grades, or individual exams. Implications for using different learning gain measures in science classrooms, as well as for research on learning differences by gender are discussed.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Astronomy Education Research
Depositing User: Dr Michael Fitzgerald
Date Deposited: 22 Sep 2017 04:39
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2018 06:03
URI: http://istardb.org/id/eprint/1041

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