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Evolution in student conceptual understanding of electricity and magnetism
written by Mary Jane Brundage and Chandralekha Singh
The Conceptual Survey of Electricity and Magnetism (CSEM) is a multiple-choice survey that contains a variety of electricity and magnetism concepts at the level of introductory physics used to help inform instructors of student mastery of those concepts. Prior studies suggest that many concepts on the survey are challenging for introductory physics students and the average student scores after traditional instruction are low. The research presented here compares the performance of students in introductory, upper-level, and graduate-level physics courses on five CSEM questions to understand the cross-sectional evolution of student understanding of these concepts from the introductory to upper-level to graduate-level. We discuss five CSEM questions that remain challenging for many upper-level and graduate students.
Physics Education Research Conference 2021
Part of the PER Conference series
Virtual Conference: August 4-5, 2021
Pages 63-68
Subjects Levels Resource Types
Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
= Longitudinal
- Cognition
= Cognition Development
Electricity & Magnetism
- General
- Upper Undergraduate
- Graduate/Professional
- Lower Undergraduate
- Reference Material
= Research study
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10.1119/perc.2021.pr.Brundage
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M. Brundage and C. Singh, , presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, 2021, WWW Document, (https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15726&DocID=5460).
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M. Brundage and C. Singh, Evolution in student conceptual understanding of electricity and magnetism, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, 2021, <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15726&DocID=5460>.
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Brundage, M., & Singh, C. (2021, August 4-5). Evolution in student conceptual understanding of electricity and magnetism. Paper presented at Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference. Retrieved September 28, 2022, from https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15726&DocID=5460
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Brundage, Mary Jane, and Chandralekha Singh. "Evolution in student conceptual understanding of electricity and magnetism." Paper presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2021, Virtual Conference, August 4-5, 2021. https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15726&DocID=5460 (accessed 28 September 2022).
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Brundage, Mary Jane, and Chandralekha Singh. "Evolution in student conceptual understanding of electricity and magnetism." Physics Education Research Conference 2021. Virtual Conference: 2021. 63-68 of PER Conference. 28 Sep. 2022 <https://www.compadre.org/Repository/document/ServeFile.cfm?ID=15726&DocID=5460>.
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