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African-American College Student Attitudes Toward Physics And Their Effect On Achievement, Carl Timothy Drake May 2009

African-American College Student Attitudes Toward Physics And Their Effect On Achievement, Carl Timothy Drake

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The purpose of this study was to investigate factors affecting the attitudes that African-American college students have towards introductory college physics. The population targeted for this study consisted of African-American males and females enrolled in introductory college physics classes at an urban public historical black college or university (HBCU) located in the southeastern United States. Nine of the Fennema- Sherman Mathematics Attitude Scales, modified for physics, were used to analyze the attitudes of the 135 participants enrolled in an introductory college physics class. The nine scales used to measure the students' attitudes were Attitude Toward Success in Physics Scale (AS), …