Exploring Student Learning Profiles in Algebra-based Studio Physics: A Person-Centered Approach

Jarrad W. T. Pond, Jacquelyn J. Chini
2015 2015 Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings   unpublished
As part of a project to explore successful strategies for using studio methods, such as SCALE-UP, we explore strategic self-regulatory and motivational characteristics of students in said courses at three universities with varying student populations and differing success in studio-mode courses. We survey students using compiled questions from several existing questionnaires designed to measure student characteristics such as attitudes toward and motivations for learning physics, organization
more » ... ics, organization of scientific knowledge, experiences outside the classroom, and demographics. Other studies have identified five distinct learning profiles across varying student populations. Using a person-centered approach, we utilize cluster analysis methods to group students into learning profiles to better understand the study strategies and motives of algebra-based studio physics students. We present results from firstsemester and second-semester studio-mode introductory physics courses across three universities. We identify these five distinct learning profiles, found in previous studies, to be present within our student population.
doi:10.1119/perc.2015.pr.061 fatcat:ysqpa7bx6vewjkg5fpebmvraja