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Abstract Title: Direct and Indirect Approaches to Increasing Conceptual Survey Gains
Abstract: Conceptual surveys like the FCI and CSEM are common, and course reforms often have the goal of improving student gains on these surveys.  There exist various approaches to improving said gains, and while some approaches have been accused of "teaching to the test", such accusations have generally been well-refuted.  To our knowledge, however, there has been little direct experimentation on whether teaching to the test, even intentionally, has the expected result.  In this poster, we report on a two-semester experiment involving ~900 students where we tried two different approaches to improving CSEM gains in an introductory E&M class.  In the first trial, we gave students many of the questions from the CSEM as Peer Instruction-style clicker questions in lecture.  In the second, we redeveloped parts of our Studio physics curriculum to target CSEM concepts without replicating CSEM questions.  We compare the data from each experimental semester to previous years' data.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Patrick B. Kohl
Colorado School of Mines
Department of Physics
1523 Illinois St
Golden, CO 80401
Phone: 303-384-2303
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Patrick B. Kohl, Colorado School of Mines, Department of Physics

Vince Kuo, Colorado School of Mines, Department of Physics