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written by Homeyra R. Sadaghiani, John Miller, Steven J. Pollock, and Daniel Rehn
As part of an ongoing investigation of students' learning in upper-division quantum mechanics, we needed a high-quality conceptual assessment instrument for comparing outcomes of different curricular approaches. The 14 item open-ended Quantum Mechanics Assessment Tool (QMAT) was previously developed for this purpose. However, open-ended tests require complex scoring rubrics, are difficult to score consistently, and demand substantial investment of faculty time to grade. Here, we present the process of converting open-ended questions to multiple-choice (MC) format. We highlight the construction of effective distractors and the use of student interviews to revise and validate questions and distractors. We examine other elements of the process, including results of a preliminary implementation of the MC assessment given at Cal Poly Pomona and CU Boulder. This test will likely go through more iterations and further statistical analyses of reliability and validity are pending upon collection of additional.
Physics Education Research Conference 2013
Part of the PER Conference series
Portland, OR: July 17-18, 2013
Pages 319-322
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Quantum Physics
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- Upper Undergraduate
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DOI:
10.1119/perc.2013.pr.066
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Keywords:
PERC 2013, Quantum mechanics, multiple choice assessment, upper division
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H. Sadaghiani, J. Miller, S. Pollock, and D. Rehn, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, WWW Document, (http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13190&DocID=3737).
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H. Sadaghiani, J. Miller, S. Pollock, and D. Rehn, Constructing a Multiple-choice Assessment for Upper-division Quantum Physics from an Open-ended Tool, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013, <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13190&DocID=3737>.
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Sadaghiani, H., Miller, J., Pollock, S., & Rehn, D. (2013, July 17-18). Constructing a Multiple-choice Assessment for Upper-division Quantum Physics from an Open-ended Tool. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR. Retrieved November 27, 2014, from http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13190&DocID=3737
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Sadaghiani, H, J. Miller, S. Pollock, and D. Rehn. "Constructing a Multiple-choice Assessment for Upper-division Quantum Physics from an Open-ended Tool." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, July 17-18, 2013. http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13190&DocID=3737 (accessed 27 November 2014).
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Sadaghiani, Homeyra, John Miller, Steven Pollock, and Daniel Rehn. "Constructing a Multiple-choice Assessment for Upper-division Quantum Physics from an Open-ended Tool." Physics Education Research Conference 2013. Portland, OR: 2013. 319-322 of PER Conference. 27 Nov. 2014 <http://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13190&DocID=3737>.
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