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Preliminary development and validation of a diagnostic of critical thinking for introductory physics labs
written by Natasha G. Holmes and Carl E. Wieman
Recent work has demonstrated the affordances of novel instructional design in physics labs to develop critical thinking skills. To guide broad institutional change, however, there is a need for efficient and validated assessment methods. In this paper, we present preliminary work on developing and validating a closed-response assessment of critical thinking skills, which focuses on how students reason with experimental data and test the validity of scientific models. The assessment asks students to reason about the methods, data, and analysis of two hypothetical case studies of students experimentally testing a model of Hooke's law. We describe the development and refinement of the cases and questions, and present preliminary results of validation studies.
Physics Education Research Conference 2016
Part of the PER Conference series
Sacramento, CA: July 20-21, 2016
Pages 156-159
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Education Foundations
- Assessment
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- Research Design & Methodology
= Validity
- Student Characteristics
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General Physics
- Scientific Reasoning
- Lower Undergraduate
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N. Holmes and C. Wieman, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, 2016, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14217&DocID=4571).
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N. Holmes and C. Wieman, Preliminary development and validation of a diagnostic of critical thinking for introductory physics labs, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, 2016, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14217&DocID=4571>.
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Holmes, N., & Wieman, C. (2016, July 20-21). Preliminary development and validation of a diagnostic of critical thinking for introductory physics labs. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA. Retrieved December 17, 2017, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14217&DocID=4571
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Holmes, Natasha, and Carl Wieman. "Preliminary development and validation of a diagnostic of critical thinking for introductory physics labs." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2016, Sacramento, CA, July 20-21, 2016. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14217&DocID=4571 (accessed 17 December 2017).
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Holmes, Natasha, and Carl Wieman. "Preliminary development and validation of a diagnostic of critical thinking for introductory physics labs." Physics Education Research Conference 2016. Sacramento, CA: 2016. 156-159 of PER Conference. 17 Dec. 2017 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14217&DocID=4571>.
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