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What can normalized gain reveal about individual learning on the FCI?
written by Andrew Pawl
This work investigates whether the class-average normalized gain score is a useful measure of individual student learning on the Force Concept Inventory. Average normalized gain emerges as a poor description of the learning of students who enter the author's mechanics classes with pretest scores less than 20, but a reasonable description of the learning of those with pretest scores of 20 or more. This pretest threshold prompted a study of the impact of misconceptions on gain. Among the author's students, it appears that those exhibiting certain key misconceptions or failing to exhibit certain core skills on the pretest will have average normalized gains lower than the average among students who do not exhibit the misconceptions or do exhibit the skills. A future study will investigate whether early intervention explicitly addressing key misconceptions and core skills makes the class-average normalized gain score a better description of individual gains.
Physics Education Research Conference 2015
Part of the PER Conference series
College Park, MD: July 29-30, 2015
Pages 251-254
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10.1119/perc.2015.pr.058
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01.40.Fk
01.40.G
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PERC 2015, force concept inventory, introductory course reform
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Metadata instance created December 16, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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A. Pawl, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13884&DocID=4302).
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A. Pawl, What can normalized gain reveal about individual learning on the FCI?, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD, 2015, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13884&DocID=4302>.
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Pawl, A. (2015, July 29-30). What can normalized gain reveal about individual learning on the FCI?. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2015, College Park, MD. Retrieved December 17, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13884&DocID=4302
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Pawl, Andrew. "What can normalized gain reveal about individual learning on the FCI?." 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=13884&DocID=4302 (accessed 17 December 2017).
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Pawl, Andrew. "What can normalized gain reveal about individual learning on the FCI?." Physics Education Research Conference 2015. College Park, MD: 2015. 251-254 of PER Conference. 17 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=13884&DocID=4302>.
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