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Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
written by Lei Bao and Edward F. Redish
Decades of education research have shown that students can simultaneously possess alternate knowledge frameworks and that the development and use of such knowledge are context dependent. As a result of extensive qualitative research, standardized multiple-choice tests such as Force Concept Inventory and Force-Motion Concept Evaluation tests provide instructors tools to probe their students' conceptual knowledge of physics. However, many existing quantitative analysis methods often focus on a binary question of whether a student answers a question correctly or not. This greatly limits the capacity of using the standardized multiple-choice tests in assessing students' alternative knowledge. In addition, the context dependence issue, which suggests that a student may apply the correct knowledge in some situations and revert to use alternative types of knowledge in others, is often treated as random noise in current analyses. In this paper, we present a model analysis, which applies qualitative research to establish a quantitative representation framework. With this method, students' alternative knowledge and the probabilities for students to use such knowledge in a range of equivalent contexts can be quantitatively assessed. This provides a way to analyze research-based multiple choice questions, which can generate much richer information than what is available from score-based analysis.
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Education - Basic Research
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General Physics
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© 2006 American Physical Society
DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.2.010103
NSF Numbers:
0087788
0126070
PACS:
01.40.Fk
Keywords:
Model Analysis, Qualitative Research, Quantitative Representation
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L. Bao and E. Redish, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 2 (1), (2006), WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4841&DocID=2971).
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L. Bao and E. Redish, Model analysis: Representing and assessing the dynamics of student learning, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 2 (1), (2006), <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4841&DocID=2971>.
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Bao, L., & Redish, E. (2006, February 2). Model analysis: Representing and assessing the dynamics of student learning. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 2(1). Retrieved November 26, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4841&DocID=2971
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Bao, Lei, and Edward F. Redish. "Model analysis: Representing and assessing the dynamics of student learning." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 2, no. 1, (February 2, 2006), http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4841&DocID=2971 (accessed 26 November 2014).
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Bao, Lei, and Edward F. Redish. "Model analysis: Representing and assessing the dynamics of student learning." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 2.1 (2006). 26 Nov. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=4841&DocID=2971>.
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