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PHYS 241 - General Physics I (calculus-based; mostly traditional)

Semester

Number of sections taught*

Number of matched students**

Pre-test

average (%)

Post-test average (%)

Average normalized gain g***

Standard error of g****

Fall 2010

4

48

49%

59%

.16

.06

Spring 2011

2

31

32%

48%

.25

.03

Fall 2011

4

54

37%

50%

.14 [1]

.08

Spring 2012

2 [2]

4 [3]

48%

66%

.35

.07

Fall 2012

5 [4]

70

37%

51%

.14 [5]

.12

Spring 2013

2

33

36%

52%

.26

.04

PHYS 242 - General Physics II (calculus-based; mostly traditional)

Semester

Number of sections taught*

Number of matched students**

Pre-test

average (%)

Post-test average (%)

Average normalized gain g***

Standard error of g****

Fall 2010

1

17

33%

44%

.14

.06

Spring 2011

3

41

29%

42%

.18

.03

Fall 2011

1

14

29%

34%

.06

.04

Spring 2012

3 [6]

21

33%

42%

.13

.05

Fall 2012

2

25

25%

43%

.23

.05

Spring 2013

3

42

29%

46%

.25

.04

 

PHYS 251 - Honors General Physics I (calculus-based; reform)

Semester

Number of sections taught*

Number of matched students**

Pre-test

average (%)

Post-test average (%)

Average normalized gain g***

Standard error of g****

Fall 2010

1

8

52%

70%

.14 [7]

.32

*If multiple sections of a course are taught by different instructors in a particular semester, please separate assessment data from sections taught by instructors who employ reformed or interactive curriculum and teaching methods and data from sections taught by instructors who employ traditional curriculum and teaching methods.

**If possible, calculate average scores only from students whose pre-tests and post-tests can be matched.

***Use the following formula to calculate the average normalize gain for matched pre- and post-test pairs:

Average normalized gain g =

****Standard error =

 

RTOP (Optional) 

 

Level†

Course description

Instructor type and year of graduation (if applicable) 

Instructor name

Observer name

Score

Date of observation

High

Physics

Student Teacher

Chris Salata

Jim Selway

80

2/20/13

High

Physics

Student Teacher

Chris Salata

Jim Selway

81

2/27/13

Middle 

Life Science

Student Teacher

Chris Salata

Jim Selway

85

4/4/13

Middle

Life Science

Student Teacher

Chris Salata

Jim Selway

87

4/18/13

Middle

Life Science

Student Teacher

Chris Salata

Jim Selway

85

4/30/13

High

Physics

Student Teacher

Mark Muneses

Jim Selway

84

2/21/13

High

Physics

Student Teacher

Mark Muneses

Jim Selway

91

2/27/13

Middle

Core Science

Student Teacher

Mark Muneses

Jim Selway

85

4/10/13

Middle

Core Science

Student Teacher

Mark Muneses

Jim Selway

87

4/18/13

Middle

Core Science

Student Teacher

Mark Muneses

Jim Selway

90

4/30/13

Middle

Physical Science

Student Teacher

Zach Chandler

Dr. Ron Hermann

80

9/13/12

Middle

Physical Science

Student Teacher

Zach Chandler

Dr. Ron Hermann

80

9/25/12

Middle

Physical Science

Student Teacher

Zach Chandler

Dr. Ron Hermann

84

10/11/12

High

Physics

Student Teacher

Zach Chandler

Dr. Ron Hermann

74

11-13-12

High

Physics

Student Teacher

Zach Chandler

Dr. Ron Hermann

77

11-29-12

High

Physics

Student Teacher

Zach Chandler

Dr. Ron Hermann

89

12-6-12

Middle

Physical Science

Student Teacher

Jesse Oxman

Dr. Ron Hermann

84

2-15-12

Middle

Physical Science

Student Teacher

Jesse Oxman

Dr. Ron Hermann

81

2-29-12

Middle

Physical Science

Student Teacher

Jesse Oxman

Dr. Ron Hermann

79

3-7-12

High

Physics

Student Teacher

Jesse Oxman

Dr. Ron Hermann

77

4-13-12

High

Physics

Student Teacher

Jesse Oxman

Dr. Ron Hermann

80

4-26-12

High

Physics

Student Teacher

Jesse Oxman

Dr. Ron Hermann

70

5-7-12

High

Honors Physics

Student Teacher

Paul Lee

Dr. Ron Hermann

82

11-13-10

High

Honors Physics

Student Teacher

Paul Lee

Dr. Ron Hermann

88

11-23-10

Level indicates whether this is a middle school, high school, or undergraduate course.

‡Instructor type indicates whether this is a student teacher, a recently graduated PhysTEC teacher, etc.



[1] One course section had a negative gain (-0.16), which skewed the overall course results.

[2] One lab instructor forgot to administer (or return) the pretest, so only data from one section is reported.

[3] Six posttests were collected in total, and only four posttests could be matched with pretests.

[4] One instructor forgot to administer the posttest, so data from 4 sections are reported.

[5] A single student skewed this result. If you omit this student, who went from 29 to 22 on the FCI, the gain becomes .24 with a .03 error.

[6] One instructor forgot to administer the posttest, so only data from two sections are reported.

[7] A single student skewed this result. If you omit this student, who went from 29 correct to 27 correct on the FCI, the gain becomes .44.