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The Physics Teacher
written by David Hestenes and Malcolm Wells
This journal article reports on the design of the "Mechanics Baseline Test" (MBT), an instrument to assess student understanding about concepts in mechanics. It discusses how comparisons of test results with extensive baseline data can be used to evaluate instruction at all levels. A copy of the instrument is included.

The MBT evaluation instrument was developed by members of  the Modeling Instruction Program at Arizona State University. SEE RELATED MATERIALS on this page for a link to the Modeling Instruction home website.
The Physics Teacher: Volume 30, Issue 3, Pages 159-166
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© 1992 American Association of Physics Teachers
Baseline Data, Cognitive Development, Cognitive Measurement, Cognitive Structures, Force, High Schools, Higher Education, Measures (Individuals), Mechanics (Physics), Mechanics Baseline Test, Modeling Instruction, Motion, Newton Laws of Motion, Physics, Science Education, Science Instruction, Test Construction, Test Validity, pre-test, skills inventory
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