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written by Helena Dedic, Steven Rosenfield, and Nathaniel Lasry
The Force Concept Inventory (FCI) has been efficiently used to assess conceptual learning in mechanics. Each FCI question has one Newtonian answer and four wrong answers (distracters). Researchers and practitioners most frequently use measures of total score to assess learning. Yet, are all wrong answers equivalent? We conducted Latent Markov Chain Modeling (LMCM) analyses of all choices (right and wrong) on a subset of four FCI questions. LMCM assesses whether there are groups of students sharing similar patterns of responses. We infer that students sharing similar patterns also share similar reasoning. Our results show seven reasoning-groups. LMCM also computes probabilities of transition from one reasoning-group to another after instruction. Examining transitions between groups, we note a clear hierarchy. Groups at the top of the hierarchy are comprised of students that use Newtonian thinking more consistently but also choose certain wrong answers more frequently; suggesting that not all wrong answers are equivalent.
Physics Education Research Conference 2010
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, Oregon: July 21-22, 2010
Volume 1289, Pages 125-128
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Classical Mechanics
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
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10.1063/1.3515177
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01.40.Fk
01.40.gf
01.30.Ha
Keywords:
Force Concept Inventory, Latent Class Analysis, Latent Markov Chain model, PERC 2010, knowledge in pieces, student conceptions
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H. Dedic, S. Rosenfield, and N. Lasry, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10406&DocID=1879).
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H. Dedic, S. Rosenfield, and N. Lasry, Are All Wrong FCI Answers Equivalent? presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, 2010, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10406&DocID=1879>.
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Dedic, H., Rosenfield, S., & Lasry, N. (2010, July 21-22). Are All Wrong FCI Answers Equivalent?. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon. Retrieved July 22, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10406&DocID=1879
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Dedic, H, S. Rosenfield, and N. Lasry. "Are All Wrong FCI Answers Equivalent?." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2010, Portland, Oregon, July 21-22, 2010. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10406&DocID=1879 (accessed 22 July 2014).
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Dedic, Helena, Steven Rosenfield, and Nathaniel Lasry. "Are All Wrong FCI Answers Equivalent?." Physics Education Research Conference 2010. Portland, Oregon: 2010. 125-128 Vol. 1289 of PER Conference. 22 July 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=10406&DocID=1879>.
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