8-12 July 2013
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A comparative analysis of first year physics student expectations at the University of the Western Cape and Military Academy

Presented by Dr. Mkhululi JACOBS on 10 Jul 2013 from 17:40 to 18:40
Type: Poster Presentation
Session: Poster2
Track: Track E - Physics Education

Abstract

Abstract The Maryland Physics Expectations Test (MPEX) is a psychometric scale that employs questionnaires and used to study the attitudes, beliefs, and expectations of students towards learning physics [1]. The survey has been validated through application to a number of institutions in the United States and around the world. In this survey student responses are categorised as either favourable or unfavourable as determined by the standard responses given by an expert control group [1]. In this paper a comparison of student expectations through this survey was conducted on the first year algebra class students at both the Military Academy‘s department for Military Physics and University of the Western Cape Physics department. The survey was administered in conjunction with the Force Concept Inventory in both groups before the commencement of the semester and towards the end of the semester. This paper will present preliminary findings of the survey. References [1] C.J. Omasits and D.J Wagner. 2006. Investigating the Validity of the MPEX Survey. AIP Conference Proceeding, Vol. 818 Issue 1, p145-148.

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