Colorado Upper-Division Electrostatics diagnostic: A conceptual assessment for the junior level Documents

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Colorado Upper-Division Electrostatics diagnostic: A conceptual assessment for the junior level 

written by Stephanie V. Chasteen, Rachel E. Pepper, Marcos D. Caballero, Steven J. Pollock, and Katherine K. Perkins

As part of an effort to systematically improve our junior-level E&M I course, we have developed a tool to assess student conceptual learning of electrostatics at the upper division. Together with a group of physics faculty, we established a list of learning goals for the course that, with results from student observations and interviews, served as a guide in creating the Colorado Upper-Division Electrostatics (CUE) assessment. The result is a 17-question open-ended post-test diagnostic (with an optional 7-question pretest) and an accompanying grading rubric. We present measures of the validation and reliability of the instrument and grading rubric, plus results from 535 students in both standard and interactive-engagement courses across seven institutions as a baseline for the instrument. Overall, we find that the CUE is a valid and reliable measure, and the data herein are intended to be of use to researchers and faculty interested in using the CUE to measure student learning.

Published by the American Physical Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. The citation is: Stephanie V. Chasteen, Rachel E. Pepper, Marcos D. Caballero, Steven J. Pollock, and Katherine K. Perkins, Colorado Upper-Division Electrostatics diagnostic: A conceptual assessment for the junior level, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 8 (2), 020108 (2012), doi:10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.8.020108.

Published September 7, 2012
Last Modified March 1, 2013

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Appendix A: Student performance on final CUE questions 

This data is intended to enable comparison of rubric-reliability on individual items, and to allow instructors administering the CUE to compare student performance on individual items with our published results.

Published by the American Physical Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. The citation for the original article is: Stephanie V. Chasteen, Rachel E. Pepper, Marcos D. Caballero, Steven J. Pollock, and Katherine K. Perkins, Colorado Upper-Division Electrostatics diagnostic: A conceptual assessment for the junior level, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 8 (2), 020108 (2012), doi:10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.8.020108.

Published September 7, 2012
Last Modified March 1, 2013

Appendix C: CUE Grading Rubric 

Although this document provides a summary of the Rubric, it is not to be used for grading the CUE. In order for scores generated using this rubric to be compared to the results discussed above, graders must go through a calibration exercise. The full training packet can be accessed by contacting Steven Pollock at steven.pollock@colorado.edu.

Published by the American Physical Society under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License. This document is Appendix C of the article: Stephanie V. Chasteen, Rachel E. Pepper, Marcos D. Caballero, Steven J. Pollock, and Katherine K. Perkins, Colorado Upper-Division Electrostatics diagnostic: A conceptual assessment for the junior level, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 8 (2), 020108 (2012), doi:10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.8.020108.

Published September 7, 2012
Last Modified March 2, 2013