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Journal of Research in Science Teaching
written by Edward Karpp and Norman Anderson
Two theories of assessing function knowledge were compared for intuitive physics. The choice assessment theory, derived from Piaget, presents subjects with two physical situations, each specified by the values of two physical variables; subjects choose the situation which will yield the greater value of a dependent variable. Functional measurement presents subjects with a single physical situation; subjects make a quantitative estimate of the dependent variable. Forty subjects made both choice and functional measurement responses for two situations of intuitive physics. The choice theory showed substantial frequencies of stepwise rules, implying that subjects failed to integrate the two given physical variables. Functional measurement, in contrast, showed that most subjects integrated the two variables, following exact addition or multiplication rules. It is concluded that functional measurement gives a more correct assessment of function knowledge and should be useful in science instruction.
Journal of Research in Science Teaching: Volume 34, Issue 4, Pages 359-376
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10.1002/(SICI)1098-2736(199704)34:4<359::AID-TEA6>3.0.CO;2-Q
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Academic Achievement, Cognitive Measurement, Function Specific Assessment, Higher Education, Physics
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E. Karpp and N. Anderson, J. Res. Sci. Teaching 34 (4), 359 (1997), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1098-2736(199704)34:4%3C359::AID-TEA6%3E3.0.CO;2-Q).
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E. Karpp and N. Anderson, Cognitive assessment of function knowledge, J. Res. Sci. Teaching 34 (4), 359 (1997), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1098-2736(199704)34:4%3C359::AID-TEA6%3E3.0.CO;2-Q>.
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Karpp, E., & Anderson, N. (1998, December 7). Cognitive assessment of function knowledge. J. Res. Sci. Teaching, 34(4), 359-376. Retrieved October 25, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1098-2736(199704)34:4%3C359::AID-TEA6%3E3.0.CO;2-Q
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Karpp, Edward, and Norman Anderson. "Cognitive assessment of function knowledge." J. Res. Sci. Teaching. 34, no. 4, (December 7, 1998): 359-376, http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1098-2736(199704)34:4%3C359::AID-TEA6%3E3.0.CO;2-Q (accessed 25 October 2014).
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Karpp, Edward, and Norman Anderson. "Cognitive assessment of function knowledge." J. Res. Sci. Teaching 34.4 (1997): 359-376. 25 Oct. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/(SICI)1098-2736(199704)34:4%3C359::AID-TEA6%3E3.0.CO;2-Q>.
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