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Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
written by Bethany R. Wilcox and Steven J. Pollock
Standardized conceptual assessment represents a widely used tool for educational researchers interested in student learning within the standard undergraduate physics curriculum. For example, these assessments are often used to measure student learning across educational contexts and instructional strategies. However, to support the large-scale implementation often required for cross-institutional testing, it is necessary for these instruments to have question formats that facilitate easy grading. Previously, we created a multiple-response version of an existing, validated, upper-division electrostatics diagnostic with the goal of increasing the instrument's potential for large-scale implementation. Here, we report on the validity and reliability of this new version as an independent instrument. These findings establish the validity of the multiple-response version as measured by multiple test statistics including item difficulty, item discrimination, and internal consistency. Moreover, we demonstrate that the majority of student responses to the new version are internally consistent even when they are incorrect and provide an example of how the new format can be used to gain insight into student difficulties with specific content in electrostatics.
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
= Instruments
- Research Design & Methodology
= Data
= Validity
- Student Characteristics
= Ability
= Skills
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electrostatics
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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American Physical Society
DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.11.020130
NSF Numbers:
DUE-1023028
DGE-1144083
Keywords:
CUE assessment, CUE diagnostic test, CUE validity
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Metadata instance created December 18, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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June 15, 2022 by Caroline Hall
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B. Wilcox and S. Pollock, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 11 (2), 020130 (2015), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.11.020130).
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B. Wilcox and S. Pollock, Validation and analysis of the coupled multiple response Colorado upper-division electrostatics diagnostic, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 11 (2), 020130 (2015), <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.11.020130>.
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Wilcox, B., & Pollock, S. (2015, November 2). Validation and analysis of the coupled multiple response Colorado upper-division electrostatics diagnostic. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 11(2), 020130. Retrieved June 29, 2022, from https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.11.020130
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Wilcox, Bethany, and Steven Pollock. "Validation and analysis of the coupled multiple response Colorado upper-division electrostatics diagnostic." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 11, no. 2, (November 2, 2015): 020130, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.11.020130 (accessed 29 June 2022).
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Wilcox, Bethany, and Steven Pollock. "Validation and analysis of the coupled multiple response Colorado upper-division electrostatics diagnostic." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 11.2 (2015): 020130. 29 June 2022 <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.11.020130>.
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