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Pilot Testing Dichotomous Classification Questions for Assessing Student Reasoning
written by Christopher M. Nakamura, Meagan A. Donnelly, Rajani Muraleedharan, and Marie Cassar
Student reasoning remains an important topic in physics education. To begin studying reasoning in a simple context we pilot tested short, dichotomous classification questions. These questions present students with a physical situation and ask for classification as possible or impossible, followed by a logical justification and several Likert scale self-assessments. The questions require reasoning, but can be figured out with one key idea, and few logical steps. We developed 16 questions and tested them in clinical interviews with 22 undergraduates who had studied algebra-based or calculus-based physics through electricity and magnetism. Using qualitative and quantitative analysis we find evidence that these questions can help identify differences in students' verbalized explanations that evidence their reasoning. Using these differences we posit testable hypotheses about how subtle differences in the questions can impact students' reasoning. This pilot-testing suggests this type of question may be a useful tool for studying reasoning in physics education.
Physics Education Research Conference 2015
Part of the PER Conference series
College Park, MD: July 29-30, 2015
Pages 235-238
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C. Nakamura, M. Donnelly, R. Muraleedharan, and M. Cassar, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13880&DocID=4298).
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C. Nakamura, M. Donnelly, R. Muraleedharan, and M. Cassar, Pilot Testing Dichotomous Classification Questions for Assessing Student Reasoning, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13880&DocID=4298>.
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Nakamura, C., Donnelly, M., Muraleedharan, R., & Cassar, M. (2015, July 29-30). Pilot Testing Dichotomous Classification Questions for Assessing Student Reasoning. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD. Retrieved December 13, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13880&DocID=4298
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Nakamura, C, M. Donnelly, R. Muraleedharan, and M. Cassar. "Pilot Testing Dichotomous Classification Questions for Assessing Student Reasoning." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, July 29-30, 2015. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13880&DocID=4298 (accessed 13 December 2017).
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Nakamura, Christopher, Meagan A. Donnelly, Rajani Muraleedharan, and Marie Cassar. "Pilot Testing Dichotomous Classification Questions for Assessing Student Reasoning." Physics Education Research Conference 2015. College Park, MD: 2015. 235-238 of PER Conference. 13 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13880&DocID=4298>.
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