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Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research
written by Justyna P. Zwolak and Corinne A. Manogue
[This paper is part of the Focused Collection on Upper Division Physics Courses.] Standardized assessment tests that allow researchers to compare the performance of students under various curricula are highly desirable. There are several research-based conceptual tests that serve as instruments to assess and identify students' difficulties in lower-division courses. At the upper-division level assessing students' difficulties is a more challenging task. Although several research groups are currently working on such tests, their reliability and validity are still under investigation. We analyze the results of the Colorado Upper-Division Electrostatics diagnostic from Oregon State University and compare it with data from the University of Colorado. In particular, we show potential shortcomings in the Oregon State University curriculum regarding separation of variables and boundary conditions, as well as uncover weaknesses of the rubric to the free-response version of the diagnostic. We also demonstrate how the diagnostic can be used to obtain information about student learning during a gap in instruction. Our work complements and extends the previous findings from the University of Colorado by highlighting important differences in student learning that may be related to the curriculum, illuminating difficulties with the rubric for certain problems and verifying decay in post-test results over time.
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
= Instruments
- Research Design & Methodology
= Evaluation
= Statistics
= Validity
Electricity & Magnetism
- Electrostatics
- General
General Physics
- Physics Education Research
Quantum Physics
- General
- Upper Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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DOI:
10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.11.020125
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1023120
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1323800
Keywords:
CUE ElectrodyNamics Test, CUE-CMR, CUE-Electrostatics Test, Paradigms in Physics, QMAT, QMCS, Quantum Mechanics Assessment Tool, Quantum Mechanics Conceptual Survey
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Metadata instance created December 18, 2015 by Lyle Barbato
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May 6, 2022 by Caroline Hall
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J. Zwolak and C. Manogue, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 11 (2), 020125 (2015), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.11.020125).
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J. Zwolak and C. Manogue, Assessing student reasoning in upper-division electricity and magnetism at Oregon State University, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 11 (2), 020125 (2015), <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.11.020125>.
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Zwolak, J., & Manogue, C. (2015, September 23). Assessing student reasoning in upper-division electricity and magnetism at Oregon State University. Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res., 11(2), 020125. Retrieved May 21, 2022, from https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.11.020125
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Zwolak, Justyna, and Corinne Manogue. "Assessing student reasoning in upper-division electricity and magnetism at Oregon State University." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 11, no. 2, (September 23, 2015): 020125, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.11.020125 (accessed 21 May 2022).
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Zwolak, Justyna, and Corinne Manogue. "Assessing student reasoning in upper-division electricity and magnetism at Oregon State University." Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 11.2 (2015): 020125. 21 May 2022 <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevSTPER.11.020125>.
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