Gender differences in student learning in the introductory, calculus-based electricity and magnetism course were assessed by administering the Conceptual Survey of Electricity and Magnetism pre- and postcourse. As expected, male students outgained females in traditionally taught sections as well as sections that incorporated interactive engagement (IE) techniques. In two of the IE course sections, however, the gains of female students were comparable to those of male students. Classroom observations of the course sections involved were made over an extended period. In this paper, we characterize the observed instructor-student interactions using a framework from educational psychology referred to as wise schooling. Results suggest that instructor practices affect differential learning, and that wise schooling techniques may constitute an effective strategy for promoting gender equity in the physics classroom.
Physical Review Special Topics – Physics Education Research
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Boudreaux, Andrew and Kreutzer, Kimberley, "Preliminary Investigation of Instructor Effects on Gender Gap in Introductory Physics" (2012). Physics & Astronomy. 3.
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Physics--Study and teaching; Educational equalization--United States--Case studies; Gender identity--Study and teaching; Research--Study and teaching (Higher)