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International Journal of Science Education
written by Sura Wuttiprom, Manjula Devi Sharma, Ian D. Johnston, Ratchapak Chitaree, and Chernchok Soankwan
Conceptual surveys have become increasingly popular at many levels to probe various aspects of science education research such as measuring student understanding of basic concepts and assessing the effectiveness of pedagogical material. The aim of this study was to construct a valid and reliable multiple-choice conceptual survey to investigate students' understanding of introductory quantum physics concepts. We examined course syllabi to establish content coverage, consulted with experts to extract fundamental content areas, and trialled open-ended questions to determine how the selected content areas align with students' difficulties. The questions were generated and trialled with different groups of students. Each version of the survey was critiqued by a group of discipline and teaching experts to establish its validity. The survey was administered to 312 students at the University of Sydney. Using the data from this sample, we performed five statistical tests (item difficulty index, item discrimination index, item point biserial coefficient, KR-21 reliability test, and Ferguson's delta) to evaluate the test's reliability and discriminatory power. The result indicates that our survey is a reliable test. This study also provided data from which preliminary findings were drawn on students' understandings of introductory quantum physics concepts. The main point is that questions which require an understanding of the standard interpretations of quantum physics are more challenging for students than those grouped as non-interpretative. The division of conceptual questions into interpretive and non-interpretive needs further exploration.
International Journal of Science Education: Volume 31, Issue 5, Pages 631-654
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
= Instruments
Quantum Physics
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- Lower Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
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10.1080/09500690701747226
Keywords:
Conceptual Survey, Instrument Design, Quantum Physics
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S. Wuttiprom, M. Sharma, I. Johnstone, R. Chitaree, and C. Soankwan, Int. J. Sci. Educ. 31 (5), 631 (2009), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500690701747226).
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S. Wuttiprom, M. Sharma, I. Johnstone, R. Chitaree, and C. Soankwan, Development and Use of a Conceptual Survey in Introductory Quantum Physics Int. J. Sci. Educ. 31 (5), 631 (2009), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500690701747226>.
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Wuttiprom, S., Sharma, M., Johnstone, I., Chitaree, R., & Soankwan, C. (2009, March 1). Development and Use of a Conceptual Survey in Introductory Quantum Physics. Int. J. Sci. Educ., 31(5), 631-654. Retrieved September 2, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500690701747226
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Wuttiprom, S, M. Sharma, I. Johnstone, R. Chitaree, and C. Soankwan. "Development and Use of a Conceptual Survey in Introductory Quantum Physics." Int. J. Sci. Educ. 31, no. 5, (March 1, 2009): 631-654, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500690701747226 (accessed 2 September 2014).
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Wuttiprom, Sura, Manjula Sharma, Ian Johnstone, Ratchapak Chitaree, and Chernchok Soankwan. "Development and Use of a Conceptual Survey in Introductory Quantum Physics." Int. J. Sci. Educ. 31.5 (2009): 631-654. 2 Sep. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500690701747226>.
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