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Modifying the Thermodynamic Concept Survey: Preliminary results
written by Pablo Barniol and Genaro Zavala
The Thermodynamic Concept Survey is a multiple-choice test used in the Physics Education Research community. Analyzing this survey, we detected two issues that made it difficult to evaluate students' understanding on the survey's topics: (1) numerous items present only responses of the type: "increase", "decrease" or "remains unchanged" without including the reasoning that led to these answers, and (2) several questions have design problems. Considering these two issues, we decided to undertake a research project with the objective of modifying and refining this survey. In this article, we present preliminary results of this ongoing investigation regarding those two issues. In the first part, we illustrate the modifications made in some items, describing the modifications made in four of them. In the second part, we illustrate critical design problems in some items, describing in detail a problem in one of them. The results and discussion may be useful for researchers using the test as an assessment tool.
Physics Education Research Conference 2017
Part of the PER Conference series
Cincinnati, OH: July 26-27, 2017
Pages 48-51
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Alternative Conceptions
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
= Instruments
Thermo & Stat Mech
- First Law
= Heat Transfer
- General
- Models
= Ideal Gas
- Thermal Properties of Matter
= Temperature
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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American Association of Physics Teachers
DOI:
10.1119/perc.2017.pr.007
Keywords:
Conceptual test, PERC 2017, design problem, misconceptions, multiple choice test, thermodynamics
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Metadata instance created February 26, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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March 1, 2018 by Bruce Mason
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P. Barniol and G. Zavala, Modifying the Thermodynamic Concept Survey: Preliminary results, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, 2017, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14567&DocID=4744>.
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Barniol, P., & Zavala, G. (2017, July 26-27). Modifying the Thermodynamic Concept Survey: Preliminary results. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH. Retrieved September 16, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14567&DocID=4744
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Barniol, Pablo, and Genaro Zavala. "Modifying the Thermodynamic Concept Survey: Preliminary results." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2017, Cincinnati, OH, July 26-27, 2017. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14567&DocID=4744 (accessed 16 September 2019).
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Barniol, Pablo, and Genaro Zavala. "Modifying the Thermodynamic Concept Survey: Preliminary results." Physics Education Research Conference 2017. Cincinnati, OH: 2017. 48-51 of PER Conference. 16 Sep. 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14567&DocID=4744>.
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