Prior preparation and motivational characteristics mediate relations between gender and learning outcomes in introductory physics

  title={Prior preparation and motivational characteristics mediate relations between gender and learning outcomes in introductory physics},
  author={Timothy J. Nokes-Malach and Z. Yasemin Kalender and Emily Megan Marshman and Christian D. Schunn and Chandralekha Singh},
  journal={2018 Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings},
Prior work has shown that women are underrepresented and underperform in physics compared to men. A number of factors have been identified as contributing to these gaps such as stereotypes, prior knowledge, and student motivation, but less work has tested the relations between them. We have collected motivational data and performance outcomes on students in introductory physics courses over the past several years. In the current work, we investigate how students’ prior preparation and… 

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