FCI post-test comparison: Cuesta College versus UC-Davis

Students at both Cuesta College (San Luis Obispo, CA) and the University of California at Davis were administered the Force Concept Inventory (Doug Hestenes, et al.) during the last week of instruction, in order to follow up on the pre-test results from the first week of instruction (which showed no statistical difference between pre-test scores).
     Cuesta College    UC-Davis
Physics 205A Physics 7B
Spring Semester Summer Session II
2009 2002
N 42 students 76 students
low 4 3
mean 15.6 +/- 6.4 12.9 +/- 5.5
high 27 26
A "Student" t-test of the null hypothesis results in p = 0.017, thus there is a significant difference between Cuesta College and UC-Davis FCI post-test scores.

The pre- to post-test gain for this semester at Cuesta College is:
Physics 205A Fall Semester 2008 sections 70854, 70855
<initial%> = 33% +/- 19% (N = 55)
<final%> = 52% +/- 21% (N = 39)
<g> = 0.25 +/- 0.21 (matched-pairs); 0.28 (class-wise)
This Hake gain is in line with the previous semester's results at Cuesta College (Fall semester 2008, 0.29-0.33), and greater than previous gains for algebra-based introductory physics at Cuesta College (0.21-0.23), UC-Davis (0.16), and for calculus-based introductory physics at Cuesta College (0.14-0.16), as discussed in previous postings on this blog.

Notable about this Physics 205A class at Cuesta College during this Spring 2009 semester, and Fall semester 2008 is not just the mere implementation of electronic response system "clickers" (Classroom Performance System, einstruction.com), but the use of known best practices of using clickers (i.e., "think-(pair)-share"), from current education research. More analysis on the impact of using clickers on this introductory physics class will be forthcoming on this blog.

Previous FCI results:

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