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written by Andrew J. Macdonald, Sarah A. Burke, and Cynthia E. Heiner
We describe the development of a ten-question diagnostic designed to characterize the estimation skills of undergraduate students in science and engineering. In order to establish a baseline and look for possible gains in skill level we have developed a multiple-choice assessment designed to probe student ability and confidence in estimating physical quantities such as mass, size, and time. The diagnostic was administered as a pre-test and post-test to a class of first-year engineers and given to a set of experts to establish its discriminatory power. Item response curves were then used to evaluate each question and multiple-choice answers. The results show that the assessment has the resolution to distinguish between student and expert scores, and that the distribution of expert confidences is qualitatively different than the students in both pre-test and post-test.
Physics Education Research Conference 2013
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, OR: July 17-18, 2013
Pages 237-240
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Instruments
- Research Design & Methodology
= Data
= Evaluation
= Statistics
= Validity
- Student Characteristics
= Affect
= Skills
General Physics
- Measurement/Units
= Error
- Lower Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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DOI:
10.1119/perc.2013.pr.047
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.G-
01.50.-i
Keywords:
PERC 2013, confidence, estimation, formative assessment survey
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A. Macdonald, S. Burke, and C. Heiner, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13174&DocID=3721).
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A. Macdonald, S. Burke, and C. Heiner, Development of a General Undergraduate Estimation Skills Survey (GUESS), presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13174&DocID=3721>.
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Macdonald, A., Burke, S., & Heiner, C. (2013, July 17-18). Development of a General Undergraduate Estimation Skills Survey (GUESS). Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR. Retrieved November 24, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13174&DocID=3721
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Macdonald, A, S. Burke, and C. Heiner. "Development of a General Undergraduate Estimation Skills Survey (GUESS)." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, July 17-18, 2013. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13174&DocID=3721 (accessed 24 November 2014).
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Macdonald, Andrew, Sarah Burke, and Cynthia Heiner. "Development of a General Undergraduate Estimation Skills Survey (GUESS)." Physics Education Research Conference 2013. Portland, OR: 2013. 237-240 of PER Conference. 24 Nov. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13174&DocID=3721>.
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