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Visualizing patterns in CSEM responses to assess student conceptual understanding
written by Ryan Tapping, G.P. Lepage, and Natasha G. Holmes
The Conceptual Survey of Electricity and Magnetism (CSEM) has been utilized to measure learning gains in electricity and magnetism (E&M) physics courses, where "correct" vs "incorrect" responses are typically used for analysis. However, such comparisons do not necessarily identify specific changes in student reasoning from pre- to post-instruction. To address this issue, we have generated network-like graphs for each question: Responses at pre- and post-test are represented by nodes connected by edges representing the change in student response choice. We demonstrate the visualizations using data from CSEM responses from over 2500 students at Cornell University across 12 semesters of an introductory E&M course. We demonstrate a vector analysis method that can categorize response patterns and quantify the way students change their responses. We show the potential use of these methods for both instructors as well as for answering deeper research questions.
Physics Education Research Conference 2018
Part of the PER Conference series
Washington, DC: August 1-2, 2018
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R. Tapping, G. Lepage, and N. Holmes, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14859&DocID=5006).
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R. Tapping, G. Lepage, and N. Holmes, Visualizing patterns in CSEM responses to assess student conceptual understanding, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14859&DocID=5006>.
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Tapping, R., Lepage, G., & Holmes, N. (2018, August 1-2). Visualizing patterns in CSEM responses to assess student conceptual understanding. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC. Retrieved September 18, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14859&DocID=5006
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Tapping, R, G. Lepage, and N. Holmes. "Visualizing patterns in CSEM responses to assess student conceptual understanding." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, August 1-2, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14859&DocID=5006 (accessed 18 September 2019).
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Tapping, Ryan, G.P. Lepage, and Natasha Holmes. "Visualizing patterns in CSEM responses to assess student conceptual understanding." Physics Education Research Conference 2018. Washington, DC: 2018. of PER Conference. 18 Sep. 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14859&DocID=5006>.
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