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written by Pablo Barniol and Genaro Zavala
In this article we discuss the findings of our research on students' understanding of vector concepts in problems without physical context. First, we develop a complete taxonomy of the most frequent errors made by university students when learning vector concepts. This study is based on the results of several test administrations of open-ended problems in which a total of 2067 students participated. Using this taxonomy, we then designed a 20-item multiple-choice test. Test of understanding of vectors (TUV)] and administered it in English to 423 students who were completing the required sequence of introductory physics courses at a large private Mexican university. We evaluated the test's content validity, reliability, and discriminatory power. The results indicate that the TUV is a reliable assessment tool. We also conducted a detailed analysis of the students' understanding of the vector concepts evaluated in the test. The TUV is included in the Supplemental Material as a resource for other researchers studying vector learning, as well as instructors teaching the material.
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DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.010121
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Metadata instance created June 1, 2016 by Madeleine Wolff
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June 6, 2016 by Lyle Barbato
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P. Barniol and G. Zavala, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 10 (1), 010121 (2014), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.010121).
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P. Barniol and G. Zavala, Test of understanding of vectors: A reliable multiple-choice vector concept test, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 10 (1), 010121 (2014), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.010121>.
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Barniol, P., & Zavala, G. (2014, June 17). Test of understanding of vectors: A reliable multiple-choice vector concept test. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 10(1), 010121. Retrieved December 12, 2017, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.010121
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Barniol, Pablo, and Genaro Zavala. "Test of understanding of vectors: A reliable multiple-choice vector concept test." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 10, no. 1, (June 17, 2014): 010121, http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.010121 (accessed 12 December 2017).
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Barniol, Pablo, and Genaro Zavala. "Test of understanding of vectors: A reliable multiple-choice vector concept test." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 10.1 (2014): 010121. 12 Dec. 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.10.010121>.
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