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Introductory physics laboratory practical exam development: Investigation design, explanation, and argument
written by Steven F. Wolf, Mark W. Sprague, Feng Li, Annalisa Smith-Joyner, and Joi P. Walker
This study reports the development, validation, and implementation of a practical exam to assess science practices in an introductory physics laboratory. The exam asks students to design and conduct an investigation, perform data analysis, and write an argument. The exam was validated with advanced physics undergraduate students and undergraduate students in introductory physics lecture courses. Face validity has been established by administering the practical in 65 laboratory sections over the course of three semesters. We found that the greatest source of variability in this exam was due to instructor grading issues and discuss the implications of this result for our ongoing assessment efforts.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
Pages 657-662
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Education Foundations
- Assessment
= Instruments
= Methods
- Student Characteristics
= Skills
Education Practices
- Curriculum Development
= Laboratory
- Lower Undergraduate
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
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10.1119/perc.2019.pr.Wolf
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Metadata instance created December 31, 2019 by Lyle Barbato
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S. Wolf, M. Sprague, F. Li, A. Smith-Joyner, and J. Walker, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15224&DocID=5139).
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S. Wolf, M. Sprague, F. Li, A. Smith-Joyner, and J. Walker, Introductory physics laboratory practical exam development: Investigation design, explanation, and argument, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15224&DocID=5139>.
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Wolf, S., Sprague, M., Li, F., Smith-Joyner, A., & Walker, J. (2019, July 24-25). Introductory physics laboratory practical exam development: Investigation design, explanation, and argument. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved October 25, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15224&DocID=5139
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Wolf, S, M. Sprague, F. Li, A. Smith-Joyner, and J. Walker. "Introductory physics laboratory practical exam development: Investigation design, explanation, and argument." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15224&DocID=5139 (accessed 25 October 2021).
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Wolf, Steven, Mark W. Sprague, Feng Li, Annalisa Smith-Joyner, and Joi P. Walker. "Introductory physics laboratory practical exam development: Investigation design, explanation, and argument." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. 657-662 of PER Conference. 25 Oct. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15224&DocID=5139>.
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