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Assessment of critical thinking in physics labs: concurrent validity
written by Cole Walsh, Katherine N. Quinn, and Natasha G. Holmes
Despite the significant amount of time undergraduate students spend in introductory physics labs, there is little consensus on instructional goals and accepted diagnostic assessments for these labs. In response to these issues, we have developed the Physics Lab Inventory of Critical thinking (PLIC) to assess students' proficiency with critical thinking in a physics lab context. Specifically, the PLIC aims to evaluate students' skills in making sense of data, variability, models, and experimental methods and to assess the effectiveness of lab courses at developing these skills. Here, we discuss two parts of the validation process using 3374 student responses collected from 12 institutions during the 2017-2018 academic year. As a part of our validation process, we evaluate the concurrent validity of the instrument, namely, the impact of physics maturity and lab design on student performance.
Physics Education Research Conference 2018
Part of the PER Conference series
Washington, DC: August 1-2, 2018
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10.1119/perc.2018.pr.Walsh
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Metadata instance created December 31, 2018 by Lyle Barbato
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C. Walsh, K. Quinn, and N. Holmes, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14862&DocID=5009).
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C. Walsh, K. Quinn, and N. Holmes, Assessment of critical thinking in physics labs: concurrent validity, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, 2018, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14862&DocID=5009>.
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Walsh, C., Quinn, K., & Holmes, N. (2018, August 1-2). Assessment of critical thinking in physics labs: concurrent validity. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC. Retrieved February 23, 2019, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14862&DocID=5009
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Walsh, C, K. Quinn, and N. Holmes. "Assessment of critical thinking in physics labs: concurrent validity." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2018, Washington, DC, August 1-2, 2018. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14862&DocID=5009 (accessed 23 February 2019).
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Walsh, Cole, Katherine N. Quinn, and Natasha Holmes. "Assessment of critical thinking in physics labs: concurrent validity." Physics Education Research Conference 2018. Washington, DC: 2018. of PER Conference. 23 Feb. 2019 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=14862&DocID=5009>.
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