GENDER DIFFERENCES OF LEARNING BIOMECHANICAL CONCEPTS

  • ChengTu Hsieh
Keywords: BCI, gender differences, learning pedagogy

Abstract

The purpose of the current study was to compare the learning gains of biomechanical concepts between male and female students. A total of 49 students were recruited (26 female and 23 male) from an introductory biomechanics class. The Biomechanics Concept Inventory (BCI) was given during the first and final weeks of a 15-week semester to determine the students’ learning. The results indicated that there was no significant difference in pre-test (P = 0.11) and absolute gain (P = .05) between genders but significant differences were found in post-test and normalized learning gains. The female students learned better as evidenced by higher post-test score than male students in this group with similar baseline knowledge of biomechanics. The findings support recent studies which found that the gender gap in scientific achievement is narrowing.
Published
2013-09-03
Section
Coaching and Sports Activities