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July 2017

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Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings

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Physics | Science and Mathematics Education


We have recently described the reformed introductory physics course, Collaborative Learning through Active Sense-Making in Physics (CLASP), for bioscience students at UC Davis and argued that the course was more successful than its predecessor (Physics 5) by several measures. Now we examine the effects of these courses for different student ethnic groups. We find that, compared to Physics 5, students of most ethnic backgrounds were more successful in CLASP. We also find that students from ethnic groups underrepresented in STEM who took the CLASP course were more likely to graduate as STEM majors. We discuss possible features of CLASP that might explain these results.


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Presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017. This article can also be found online at this link.

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