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Traditional upper-division physics courses tend to focus on summative assessment through quantitative and symbolic problem-solving examination questions. Reforming instruction suggests the need for assessment that matches the instructional strategies. In this paper, we describe assessment strategies implemented in two physics core courses, thermal physics and mathematical methods. Strategies include frequent formative assessment in the form of written ungraded quizzes as well as the inclusion of qualitative written problems on graded quizzes and exams. Examples of assessment items and student responses will be shown. In particular, we will show evidence that students at this level respond more positively to 'pretests' than one might expect, suggesting more expert-like epistemological expectations than is often the case in the introductory course.
Physics Education Research Conference 2011
Part of the PER Conference Invited Paper series
Omaha, Nebraska: August 3-4, 2011
Volume 1413, Pages 51-54
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Education - Applied Research
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
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= Instruments
= Methods
= Summative Assessment
- Student Characteristics
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DOI:
10.1063/1.3679991
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0817335
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.Di
Keywords:
Math Methods, PERC 2011, Thermal Physics, Upper-division
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M. Loverude, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11810&DocID=2660).
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M. Loverude, Assessment to complement research-based instruction in upper-level physics courses, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11810&DocID=2660>.
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Loverude, M. (2011, August 3-4). Assessment to complement research-based instruction in upper-level physics courses. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska. Retrieved October 2, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11810&DocID=2660
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Loverude, Michael. "Assessment to complement research-based instruction in upper-level physics courses." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, August 3-4, 2011. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11810&DocID=2660 (accessed 2 October 2014).
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Loverude, Michael. "Assessment to complement research-based instruction in upper-level physics courses." Physics Education Research Conference 2011. Omaha, Nebraska: 2011. 51-54 Vol. 1413 of PER Conference Invited Paper. 2 Oct. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11810&DocID=2660>.
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