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written by N. Sanjay Rebello and Dean A. Zollman
We have compared students' responses on four multiple-choice force concept inventory (FCI) questions with similar responses to equivalent open-ended questions. Our results indicate a good agreement between the percentages of correct responses in each of the two formats, indicating that distracters on the FCI do not adversely affect performance as measured by the number of correct answers. However, a significant percentage of the open-ended responses fall into categories that are not included in the FCI multiple choices. When these alternative categories were presented to the students as distracters in a revised multiple-choice format, a significant percentage of the students chose these alternative responses.
American Journal of Physics: Volume 72, Issue 1, Pages 116-125
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force, physics education, teaching
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N. Rebello and D. Zollman, Am. J. Phys. 72 (1), 116 (2004), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1629091).
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Rebello, N., & Zollman, D. (2004, January 1). The effect of distracters on student performance on the Force Concept Inventory. Am. J. Phys., 72(1), 116-125. Retrieved July 31, 2014, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1629091
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Rebello, N. Sanjay, and Dean Zollman. "The effect of distracters on student performance on the Force Concept Inventory." Am. J. Phys. 72, no. 1, (January 1, 2004): 116-125, http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1629091 (accessed 31 July 2014).
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Rebello, N. Sanjay, and Dean Zollman. "The effect of distracters on student performance on the Force Concept Inventory." Am. J. Phys. 72.1 (2004): 116-125. 31 July 2014 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1119/1.1629091>.
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