Are students' responses and behaviors consistent?

Umporn Wutchana, Narumon Emarat, Eugenia Etkina

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


In our project we attempted to determine if students whose beliefs about physics are more expert-like and less expert-like, as judged by the CLASS survey, are different in terms of their approaches to learning physics and whether their behaviors in the classroom are consistent with their responses to the surveys. All students enrolled in the second semester of an introductory physics course took the CLASS survey. We used survey results to identify expert-like and non-expert like students to participate in the study. We selected four highest scoring and four lowest scoring students. We then observed those students in laboratories and problem-solving recitations during one semester and interviewed them at the end. We found some inconsistencies between students' responses to the survey and their actual behaviors as well as several significant differences in behaviors of more expert-like and less expert-like students. This work was supported by The institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology, Thailand.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2009 Physics Education Research Conference, PER
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2009
Event2009 Physics Education Research Conference, PER: Physics Education Research across Paradigms - Ann Arbor, MI, United States
Duration: Jul 29 2009Jul 30 2009

Publication series

NameAIP Conference Proceedings
ISSN (Print)0094-243X
ISSN (Electronic)1551-7616


Other2009 Physics Education Research Conference, PER: Physics Education Research across Paradigms
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAnn Arbor, MI

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


  • Beliefs
  • Self-efficacy
  • Survey


Dive into the research topics of 'Are students' responses and behaviors consistent?'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this