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written by Yuhfen Lin and David T. Brookes
One of our primary learning goals for our students is: we would like them to be able to learn physics on their own. Unfortunately few existing assessments can assess students' ability to learn without being taught. We are developing a new format of exam which challenges students to work together as a class to tackle a difficult problem that requires them to learn new physics. Rather than restrict their activities, we offer them a resource-rich environment of textbooks and internet access. Students are required to transfer their knowledge by answering a related question on a more standard "individual exam" two days later. In this paper we will discuss the format of the exams, background theory, and present evidence of how students are able to learn new physics on their own. Our results show that although students struggle at first, they do surprisingly well once they get used to the format.
Physics Education Research Conference 2012
Part of the PER Conference series
Philadelphia, PA: August 1-2, 2012
Volume 1513, Pages 254-257
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© 2012 American Institute of Physics
DOI:
10.1063/1.4789700
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01.40.Fk
01.40.Ha
Keywords:
PERC 2012, preparation for future learning
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Y. Lin and D. Brookes, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12827&DocID=3360).
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Y. Lin and D. Brookes, Using Collaborative Group Exams to Investigate Students’ Ability to Learn, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12827&DocID=3360>.
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Lin, Y., & Brookes, D. (2012, August 1-2). Using Collaborative Group Exams to Investigate Students’ Ability to Learn. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA. Retrieved November 23, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12827&DocID=3360
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Lin, Yuhfen, and David T. Brookes. "Using Collaborative Group Exams to Investigate Students’ Ability to Learn." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, August 1-2, 2012. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12827&DocID=3360 (accessed 23 November 2014).
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Lin, Yuhfen, and David T. Brookes. "Using Collaborative Group Exams to Investigate Students’ Ability to Learn." Physics Education Research Conference 2012. Philadelphia, PA: 2012. 254-257 Vol. 1513 of PER Conference. 23 Nov. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=12827&DocID=3360>.
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