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Assessing Student Affect in Learning Computation in Introductory Mechanics
  Location: KFC Courts
  Date: Tuesday, Aug.2
  Time: 5:15 PM -6:00 PM
  Author: Marcos Caballero, Georgia Institute of Technology
  Co-Author(s): Matthew A. Kohlmyer , Michael F Schatz
  Abstract: An introductory physics course at Georgia Tech requires students to learn numerical computation for describing physical phenomenon that are not amenable to being solved using analytic methods. Students' motivation to learn computation and anxiety about solving computational exercises varies greatly. The attitudes, interests, and values that students exhibit when learning a subject can play a role in their motivation to and anxiety about learning the subject. We present a brief overview of the development of a new tool, the Computation Modeling in Physics Attitudinal Student Survey (COMPASS), aimed at helping to characterize students' attitudes about, interests in, and values concerning computation, as well as preliminary measurements derived from this instrument.
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