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  Session: Astronomy Education Research: Current Trends and Future Directions
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Does the Classroom Matter?
  Meeting: 2016 Winter Meeting: New Orleans, Louisiana
  Location: N/A
  Time: 5:40PM
  Author: Kaisa E. Young, Nicholls State University
9854497070, kaisa.young@nicholls.edu
  Co-Author(s): Chadwick H Young, Adam Beyer
  Abstract: If you got your choice of classroom for your large introductory science class, what would it look like? We compare student learning and perception data from astronomy, physics, and geology courses taught in traditional classrooms with individual movable desks to the same classes taught in a large auditorium. A survey of our students shows a preference for newer traditional classrooms with large desks and ample space. By comparing our grade books and equalizing as many factors as possible, we report differences between classrooms in measures such as average final exam scores and average final grades. Overall, we find larger percentages of students drop or fail courses taught in a large auditorium than a traditional classroom. The results suggest that the weaker students may get “lost” in an auditorium, but that many students are able to adapt to their learning environment.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: AAPT_KYoung_CE05.pptx

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