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Title: Development of an Introductory Physics Problem-Solving Assessment Tool DOC
Url: https://people.rit.edu/svfsps/perc2001/French.doc
Creator: Cummings, Karen
French, Timothy
Publisher: Rochester Institute of Technology. Center for Imaging Science
Description: This paper, presented at the 2001 Physics Education Research Conference, discusses the physics education research group at Rensselaer which is working to develop an assessment tool that will measure the problem-solving ability of introductory physics students. In its final form, the tool will consist of approximately 30-40 multiple-choice questions related to a limited number of classical mechanics topics. There are currently four types of questions included in the exam: attitudinal questions, quantitative problems that require students to identify the underlying principles used in solving the problem but not an explicit solution, questions that ask students to compare posed problems in terms of solution method, and quantitative problems requiring a solution. Although the assessment is still under development, preliminary validation studies have been performed on questions requiring students to identify underlying principles. Specifically, both an ANOVA and a Fisher LSD test have been performed. These evaluations showed that wrong answers on assessment questions correlate to below average performance on the problem solving portion of the final course exam.
LC Classification: Education -- Theory and practice of education
Education -- Theory and practice of education -- Educational psychology -- Learning
Philosophy. Psychology. Religion -- Psychology -- Consciousness. Cognition -- Thought and thinking -- Problem solving
Science -- Physics -- Study and teaching. Research
GEM Subject: Science -- Physics
Science -- Instructional issues
Key Concept: Physics
Date Issued: 2001
Resource Type: Reference Material
Format: Document -- DOC
Audience: Educator
Education Level: High School
Higher Education
Higher Education -- Graduate/Professional
Higher Education -- Undergraduate (Lower Division)
Higher Education -- Undergraduate (Upper Division)
Higher Education -- Technical Education (Upper Division)
Higher Education -- Technical Education (Lower Division)
Language: English
Access Rights: Free access
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