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Physical Review Physics Education Research
written by Alexander Volfson, Haim Eshach, and Yuval Ben-Abu
Science knowledge is reflected in mental models that students tend to form when dealing with science phenomena. One way to identify students' mental models about scientific concepts is the use of diagnostic tests (inventories). Even though several statistical approaches and tools intended for the analysis of such inventories' results exist in the literature, there are certain inventories for which analysis might require the development of more convenient tools. Thus, there seems to be no simple way to handle the results of inventories whose items include different numbers of statements, the number of statements relating to the same mental model within an item is not fixed, and neutral distractors are possible. This exploratory study aims at meeting this challenge and suggests a relatively simple statistic F2m (factor of two models) for estimating the mental model state of a subject or a group of subjects in the case of two mental models under consideration, providing a preliminary estimation of F2m consistency using the results of the sound concept inventory instrument.
Physical Review Physics Education Research: Volume 17, Issue 2, Pages 023105
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10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.023105
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factor analysis, mental models, schema, statistical analysis
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A. Volfson, H. Eshach, and Y. Ben-Abu, , Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 17 (2), 023105 (2021), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.023105).
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A. Volfson, H. Eshach, and Y. Ben-Abu, Preliminary development of a simple statistical tool for estimating mental model states from a diagnostic test, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 17 (2), 023105 (2021), <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.023105>.
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Volfson, A., Eshach, H., & Ben-Abu, Y. (2021, September 13). Preliminary development of a simple statistical tool for estimating mental model states from a diagnostic test. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., 17(2), 023105. Retrieved June 13, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.023105
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Volfson, A, H. Eshach, and Y. Ben-Abu. "Preliminary development of a simple statistical tool for estimating mental model states from a diagnostic test." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 17, no. 2, (September 13, 2021): 023105, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.023105 (accessed 13 June 2024).
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Volfson, Alexander, Haim Eshach, and Yuval Ben-Abu. "Preliminary development of a simple statistical tool for estimating mental model states from a diagnostic test." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 17.2 (2021): 023105. 13 June 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.17.023105>.
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