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International Journal of Science Education
written by Janelle M. Bailey, Bruce Johnson, Edward E. Prather, and Timothy F. Slater
Concept inventories (CIs)--typically multiple-choice instruments that focus on a single or small subset of closely related topics--have been used in science education for more than a decade. This paper describes the development and validation of a new CI for astronomy, the Star Properties Concept Inventory (SPCI). Questions cover the areas of stellar properties (focussing primarily on mass, temperature, luminosity, and lifetime), nuclear fusion, and star formation. Distracters were developed from known alternative conceptions and reasoning difficulties commonly held by students. The SPCI was tested through an iterative process where different testing formats (open-ended, multiple-choice?+?explain, and multiple-choice) were compared to ensure that the distracters were in fact the most common among the testing population. Content validity was established through expert reviews by 26 astronomy instructors. The SPCI Version 3 was then tested in multiple introductory undergraduate astronomy courses for non-science majors. Post-test scores (out of 23 possible) were significantly greater (M?=?11.8, SD?=?3.87) than the pre-test scores (M?=?7.09, SD?=?2.73). The low post-test score--only 51.3%--could indicate a need for changing instructional strategies on the topics of stars and star formation.
International Journal of Science Education: Volume 34, Issue 14, Pages 2257-2286
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Astronomy
- Astronomy Education
= Assessment
- Stars
= Star Formation
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
= Instruments
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Report
PER-Central Type Intended Users Ratings
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- Educators
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10.1080/09500693.2011.589869
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J. Bailey, B. Johnson, E. Prather, and T. Slater, Int. J. Sci. Educ. 34 (14), 2257 (2011), WWW Document, (http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500693.2011.589869).
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J. Bailey, B. Johnson, E. Prather, and T. Slater, Development and Validation of the Star Properties Concept Inventory, Int. J. Sci. Educ. 34 (14), 2257 (2011), <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500693.2011.589869>.
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Bailey, J., Johnson, B., Prather, E., & Slater, T. (2011, July 28). Development and Validation of the Star Properties Concept Inventory. Int. J. Sci. Educ., 34(14), 2257-2286. Retrieved October 22, 2017, from http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500693.2011.589869
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Bailey, J, B. Johnson, E. Prather, and T. Slater. "Development and Validation of the Star Properties Concept Inventory." Int. J. Sci. Educ. 34, no. 14, (July 28, 2011): 2257-2286, http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500693.2011.589869 (accessed 22 October 2017).
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Bailey, Janelle, Bruce Johnson, Edward Prather, and Timothy F. Slater. "Development and Validation of the Star Properties Concept Inventory." Int. J. Sci. Educ. 34.14 (2011): 2257-2286. 22 Oct. 2017 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09500693.2011.589869>.
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