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A new approach for uncovering student resources with multiple-choice questions
written by Nolan K. Weinlader, Eric Kuo, Benjamin M. Rottman, and Timothy J. Nokes-Malach
The traditional approach to studying student understanding presents a question and uses the student's answer to make inferences about their knowledge. However, this method doesn't capture the range of possible alternative ideas available to students. We use a new approach, asking students to generate a plausible explanation for every choice of a multiple-choice question, to capture a range of explanations that students can generate in answering physics questions. Asking 16 students to provide explanations in this way revealed alternative possibilities for student thinking that would not have been captured if they only provided one solution. The findings show two ways these alternatives can be productive for learning physics: (i) even students who ultimately chose the wrong answer could often generate the correct explanation and (ii) many incorrect explanations contained elements of correct physical reasoning. We discuss the instructional implications of this multiple-choice questioning approach and of students' alternative ideas.
Physics Education Research Conference 2019
Part of the PER Conference series
Provo, UT: July 24-25, 2019
Pages 621-626
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Metadata instance created December 31, 2019 by Lyle Barbato
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N. Weinlader, E. Kuo, B. Rottman, and T. Nokes-Malach, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15231&DocID=5146).
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N. Weinlader, E. Kuo, B. Rottman, and T. Nokes-Malach, A new approach for uncovering student resources with multiple-choice questions, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, 2019, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15231&DocID=5146>.
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Weinlader, N., Kuo, E., Rottman, B., & Nokes-Malach, T. (2019, July 24-25). A new approach for uncovering student resources with multiple-choice questions. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT. Retrieved August 2, 2021, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15231&DocID=5146
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Weinlader, N, E. Kuo, B. Rottman, and T. Nokes-Malach. "A new approach for uncovering student resources with multiple-choice questions." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2019, Provo, UT, July 24-25, 2019. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15231&DocID=5146 (accessed 2 August 2021).
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Weinlader, Nolan K., Eric Kuo, Benjamin M. Rottman, and Timothy J. Nokes-Malach. "A new approach for uncovering student resources with multiple-choice questions." Physics Education Research Conference 2019. Provo, UT: 2019. 621-626 of PER Conference. 2 Aug. 2021 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15231&DocID=5146>.
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@inproceedings{ Author = "Nolan K. Weinlader and Eric Kuo and Benjamin M. Rottman and Timothy J. Nokes-Malach", Title = {A new approach for uncovering student resources with multiple-choice questions}, BookTitle = {Physics Education Research Conference 2019}, Pages = {621-626}, Address = {Provo, UT}, Series = {PER Conference}, Month = {July 24-25}, Year = {2019} }
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