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Zhang, Ping; Ding, Lin – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2013
This paper reports a cross-grade comparative study of Chinese precollege students' epistemological beliefs about physics by using the Colorado Learning Attitudes Survey about Sciences (CLASS). Our students of interest are middle and high schoolers taking traditional lecture-based physics as a mandatory science course each year from the 8th grade…
Descriptors: Physics, Epistemology, Scientific Attitudes, Student Attitudes
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Bendinelli, Anthony J.; Marder, M. – Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, 2012
We use visualization to find patterns in educational data. We represent student scores from high-stakes exams as flow vectors in fluids, define two types of streamlines and trajectories, and show that differences between streamlines and trajectories are due to regression to the mean. This issue is significant because it determines how quickly…
Descriptors: Visual Aids, Longitudinal Studies, Test Results, Data Analysis