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ERIC Number: EJ1059203
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Feb
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 24
ISSN: EISSN-1305-8223
Effects of Lab Group Sex Composition on Physics Learning
Shi, Wei-Zhao; He, Xiqin; Wang, Yan; Huan, Weiliang
EURASIA Journal of Mathematics, Science & Technology Education, v11 n1 p87-92 Feb 2015
The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of the gender composition of university physics laboratory groups on student self-efficacy and quiz performance. Students from a Chinese university was chosen and subdivided into two groups, which were assigned either same-sex or coed laboratory teams while executing identical laboratory activities and instruction. Assessments were carried out prior to instruction and at the end of one semester. Students' self-efficacy and scores on laboratory quizzes were assessed. In this study, no statistically significant differences for the male students' self-efficacy gain and average laboratory quiz scores in the two types of team organization were found. In contrast, the female students' self-efficacy gain and lab quiz mean scores from same-sex teams were higher than ones from coed teams. So it delivered some messages to physics instructors and physics education researchers: Single-sex lab team education is beneficial for female students.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: China