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written by Jeffrey M. Hawkins, Brian W. Frank, John R. Thompson, Michael C. Wittmann, and Thomas M. Wemyss
Common research tasks ask students to identify a correct answer and justify their answer choice. We propose expanding the array of research tasks to access different knowledge that students might have. By asking students to discuss answers they may not have chosen naturally, we can investigate students' abilities to explain something that is already established or to disprove an incorrect response. The results of these research tasks also provide us with information about how students' responses vary across the different tasks. We discuss three underused question types, their possible benefits, and some preliminary results from an electric circuits pretest utilizing these novel question types. We find that the answer students most commonly choose as correct is the same choice most commonly eliminated as incorrect. Also, given the correct answer, students can provide valuable reasoning to explain it, but they do not spontaneously identify it as the correct answer.
Physics Education Research Conference 2011
Part of the PER Conference series
Omaha, Nebraska: August 3-4, 2011
Volume 1413, Pages 207-210
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Methods
- Research Design & Methodology
Electricity & Magnetism
- DC Circuits
- Reference Material
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PERC 2011, assessment, electric circuits, research methodology
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J. Hawkins, B. Frank, J. Thompson, M. Wittmann, and T. Wemyss, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11848&DocID=2699).
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J. Hawkins, B. Frank, J. Thompson, M. Wittmann, and T. Wemyss, Probing Student Understanding with Alternative Questioning Strategies presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, 2011, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11848&DocID=2699>.
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Hawkins, J., Frank, B., Thompson, J., Wittmann, M., & Wemyss, T. (2011, August 3-4). Probing Student Understanding with Alternative Questioning Strategies. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska. Retrieved August 29, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11848&DocID=2699
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Hawkins, J, B. Frank, J. Thompson, M. Wittmann, and T. Wemyss. "Probing Student Understanding with Alternative Questioning Strategies." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2011, Omaha, Nebraska, August 3-4, 2011. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11848&DocID=2699 (accessed 29 August 2014).
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Hawkins, Jeffrey, Brian Frank, John Thompson, Michael Wittmann, and Thomas Wemyss. "Probing Student Understanding with Alternative Questioning Strategies." Physics Education Research Conference 2011. Omaha, Nebraska: 2011. 207-210 Vol. 1413 of PER Conference. 29 Aug. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=11848&DocID=2699>.
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