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Physics Colloquium: Stephanie Sedberry and Ian D. Beatty

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November 4, 2019 | 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

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Title: Improving STEM Self-Efficacy With a Scalable Classroom Intervention Targeting Growth Mindset and Success Attribution

Abstract: Helping more university students, especially under-represented minorities, complete STEM degrees and enter the STEM workforce has proven to be difficult. Those most at risk benefit least from innovations addressing only pedagogy or curriculum. Research shows that we must influence students’ self-efficacy: their belief that they can overcome setbacks and ultimately succeed.

We present the results of a four-year project to develop and test a brief, scalable classroom intervention for improving students’ STEM self-efficacy designed to be easily exported for use in various university STEM classrooms. We developed and tested a 30-minute classroom intervention to increase student STEM self-efficacy by teaching growth mindset and success attribution. We also developed and validated a questionnaire to measure STEM self-efficacy, growth mindset, and perceived academic control. Using a quasi-experimental design with a control treatment, at three universities with very different student demographics (total N > 900, NCSU, NCA&T, and UNCG), HLM analysis shows that our intervention significantly increases students’ growth mindset but not their self-efficacy or perceived academic control.



November 4, 2019

4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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301 Riddick Hall
2401 Stinson Dr.
Raleigh, NC