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The Physics Teacher
written by Stephen E. Kanim and Michael E. Loverude
Among other qualifications, effective teachers must have a robust knowledge of the subject matter that they teach. Many states require that prospective teachers of physics pass one or more standardized tests designed to measure content knowledge. Our survey of sample questions from these tests and from commercial examination preparation booklets suggests that there are significant deficiencies in these materials. Some questions contain physics errors. More often, the questions probe only the ability of test-takers to memorize facts or plug numbers into a formula, with little emphasis on conceptual understanding or pedagogical content knowledge. These deficiencies undermine the very purpose of such content tests.
The Physics Teacher: Volume 44, Issue 2, Pages 101-105
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© 2006 American Association of Physics Teachers
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DOI:
10.1119/1.2165441
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Keywords:
assessment, content knowledge, physics education, preservice, standardisation, standardized test, teacher training, testing
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Metadata instance created April 17, 2007 by Ann Deml
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S. Kanim and M. Loverude, Phys. Teach. 44 (2), 101 (2006), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2165441).
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S. Kanim and M. Loverude, Content Exams for Pre-Service Physics Teachers: A Failing Grade Phys. Teach. 44 (2), 101 (2006), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2165441>.
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Kanim, S., & Loverude, M. (2006, February 1). Content Exams for Pre-Service Physics Teachers: A Failing Grade. Phys. Teach., 44(2), 101-105. Retrieved April 20, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2165441
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Kanim, Stephen, and Michael Loverude. "Content Exams for Pre-Service Physics Teachers: A Failing Grade." Phys. Teach. 44, no. 2, (February 1, 2006): 101-105, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2165441 (accessed 20 April 2014).
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Kanim, Stephen, and Michael Loverude. "Content Exams for Pre-Service Physics Teachers: A Failing Grade." Phys. Teach. 44.2 (2006): 101-105. 20 Apr. 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.2165441>.
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