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Validation of a Conceptual Assessment Tool in E&M II
written by Qing X. Ryan, Cecilia Astolfi, Charles Baily, and Steven J. Pollock
As part of an ongoing project to investigate student learning in upper-division electrodynamics (E&M II), the PER research group at the University of Colorado Boulder has developed a tool to assess student conceptual understanding: the CURrENT (Colorado UppeR-division ElectrodyNamics Test). The result is an open-ended post-test diagnostic with 6 multi-part questions, an optional 3-question pretest, and an accompanying grading rubric. This instrument is motivated in part by our faculty-consensus learning goals, and is intended to help measure the effectiveness of transformed pedagogy. In addition, it provides insights into student thinking and student difficulties in the covered topical areas. In this paper, we present preliminary measures of the validity and reliability of the instrument and scoring rubric. These include expert validation and student interviews, inter-rater reliability measures, and classical test statistics.
Physics Education Research Conference 2014
Part of the PER Conference series
Minneapolis, MN: July 30-31, 2014
Pages 231-234
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Education Foundations
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
= Instruments
Electricity & Magnetism
- General
- Upper Undergraduate
- Assessment Material
- Reference Material
= Research study
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2014.pr.054
NSF Number:
1023208
PACSs:
01.40.Fk
01.40.Di
01.40.G-
01.40.gf
Keywords:
PERC 2014, assessment development, course transformation, upper-division electrodynamics
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Metadata instance created April 28, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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May 26, 2015 by Bruce Mason
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Q. Ryan, C. Astolfi, C. Baily, and S. Pollock, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13494&DocID=4089).
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Q. Ryan, C. Astolfi, C. Baily, and S. Pollock, Validation of a Conceptual Assessment Tool in E&M II, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, 2014, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13494&DocID=4089>.
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Ryan, Q., Astolfi, C., Baily, C., & Pollock, S. (2014, July 30-31). Validation of a Conceptual Assessment Tool in E&M II. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN. Retrieved December 16, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13494&DocID=4089
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Ryan, Q, C. Astolfi, C. Baily, and S. Pollock. "Validation of a Conceptual Assessment Tool in E&M II." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2014, Minneapolis, MN, July 30-31, 2014. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13494&DocID=4089 (accessed 16 December 2017).
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Ryan, Qing, Cecilia Astolfi, Charles Baily, and Steven Pollock. "Validation of a Conceptual Assessment Tool in E&M II." Physics Education Research Conference 2014. Minneapolis, MN: 2014. 231-234 of PER Conference. 16 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13494&DocID=4089>.
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