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American Journal of Physics
written by Lei Bao and Edward F. Redish
Multiple-choice tests such as the Force Concept Inventory (FCI) provide useful instruments to probe the distribution of student difficulties on a large scale. However, traditional analysis often relies solely on scores (number of students giving the correct answer). This ignores what can be significant and important information: The distribution of wrong answers given by the class. In this paper we introduce a new method, concentration analysis, to measure how students' responses on multiple-choice questions are distributed. This information can be used to study if the students have common incorrect models or if the question is effective in detecting student models. When combined with information obtained from qualitative research, the method allows us to identify cleanly what FCI results are telling us about student knowledge.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 69, Issue S1, Pages S45-53
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6965425
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10.1119/1.1371253
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education, physics, teaching
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L. Bao and E. Redish, Am. J. Phys. 69 (S1), S45 (2001), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1371253).
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L. Bao and E. Redish, Concentration analysis: A quantitative assessment of student states, Am. J. Phys. 69 (S1), S45 (2001), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1371253>.
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Bao, L., & Redish, E. (2001, July 1). Concentration analysis: A quantitative assessment of student states. Am. J. Phys., 69(S1), S45-53. Retrieved November 23, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1371253
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Bao, Lei, and Edward F. Redish. "Concentration analysis: A quantitative assessment of student states." Am. J. Phys. 69, no. S1, (July 1, 2001): S45-53, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1371253 (accessed 23 November 2014).
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Bao, Lei, and Edward F. Redish. "Concentration analysis: A quantitative assessment of student states." Am. J. Phys. 69.S1 (2001): S45-53. 23 Nov. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1371253>.
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