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Getting Students Back on Track: Persistent Effects of Flipping Accelerated Organic Chemistry on Student Achievement, Study Strategies, and Perceptions of Instruction

revised on 19.11.2020, 06:00 and posted on 19.11.2020, 07:32 by Lynn C. Reimer, Kameryn Denaro, Wenliang He, Renee Link

Converting a first-term, accelerated summer organic chemistry course to a flipped format reduced the achievement gap in the flipped course and in the second-term traditional lecture course between Non-Repeaters taking an accelerated course to “get ahead” and Repeaters taking the course to “get back on track.” The difference in final exam performance in the second-term course was nearly halved, the GPA gap in both courses was reduced, and the gap in passing rate for the second-term course was eliminated. While most students responded positively to the flipped course structure, repeating students held a stronger preference for the flipped format. These findings provide guidance on how to create courses that promote equity, access and retention of diverse students in STEM.


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Version Notes

V3. Reparameterized statistical models. Included passing rates for both courses and course GPA for OCII. Moved Year 5 survey results to SI. Other manuscript revisions for organization and clarity. New SI files included.


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