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American Journal of Physics
written by Marcos D. Caballero, Edwin F. Greco, Eric R. Murray, Keith R. Bujak, M. Jackson Marr, Richard Catrambone, Matthew A. Kohlmyer, and Michael F. Schatz
The performance of over 5000 students in introductory calculus-based mechanics courses at the Georgia Institute of Technology was assessed using the Force Concept Inventory (FCI). Results from two different curricula were compared: a traditional mechanics curriculum and the Matter & Interactions (M&I) curriculum. Both were taught with similar interactive pedagogy. Post-instruction FCI averages were significantly higher for the traditional curriculum than for the M&I curriculum; the differences between curricula persist after accounting for factors such as pre-instruction FCI scores, grade point averages, and SAT scores. FCI performance on categories of items organized by concepts was also compared; traditional averages were significantly higher in each concept. We examined differences in student preparation between the curricula and found that the relative fraction of homework and lecture topics devoted to FCI force and motion concepts correlated with the observed performance differences. Concept inventories, as instruments for evaluating curricular reforms, are generally limited to the particular choice of content and goals of the instrument. Moreover, concept inventories fail to measure what are perhaps the most interesting aspects of reform: the non-overlapping content and goals that are not present in courses without reform.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 80, Issue 7, Pages 638-644
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© 2012 American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/1.3703517
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0618519
0942076
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01.40.Fk
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Metadata instance created July 2, 2012 by Lyle Barbato
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February 25, 2013 by Lyle Barbato
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M. Caballero, E. Greco, E. Murray, K. Bujak, M. Marr, R. Catrambone, M. Kohlmyer, and M. Schatz, Am. J. Phys. 80 (7), 638 (2012), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.3703517).
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M. Caballero, E. Greco, E. Murray, K. Bujak, M. Marr, R. Catrambone, M. Kohlmyer, and M. Schatz, Comparing large lecture mechanics curricula using the Force Concept Inventory: A five thousand student study Am. J. Phys. 80 (7), 638 (2012), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.3703517>.
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Caballero, M., Greco, E., Murray, E., Bujak, K., Marr, M., Catrambone, R., Kohlmyer, M., & Schatz, M. (2012, July 1). Comparing large lecture mechanics curricula using the Force Concept Inventory: A five thousand student study. Am. J. Phys., 80(7), 638-644. Retrieved August 28, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.3703517
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Caballero, M, E. Greco, E. Murray, K. Bujak, M. Marr, R. Catrambone, M. Kohlmyer, and M. Schatz. "Comparing large lecture mechanics curricula using the Force Concept Inventory: A five thousand student study." Am. J. Phys. 80, no. 7, (July 1, 2012): 638-644, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.3703517 (accessed 28 August 2014).
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Caballero, Marcos, Edwin F. Greco, Eric R. Murray, Keith R. Bujak, M. Jackson Marr, Richard Catrambone, Matthew Kohlmyer, and Michael Schatz. "Comparing large lecture mechanics curricula using the Force Concept Inventory: A five thousand student study." Am. J. Phys. 80.7 (2012): 638-644. 28 Aug. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.3703517>.
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