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Journal of College Science Teaching
written by Jeffrey Eckenrode, Edward E. Prather, and Colin S. Wallace
This article reports on an investigation into the correlations between students' understandings of introductory astronomy concepts and the correctness and coherency of their written responses to targeted Lecture- Tutorial questions. We assessed the correctness and coherency of responses from 454 college-level, general education, introductory astronomy students enrolled in courses taught in the spring of 2010, 2011, and 2012. We hypothesized that students who consistently provided responses with high levels of correctness and coherency would outperform students who did not on multiple measures of astronomy content knowledge. We compared students' correctness and coherency scores to their normalized gains on the Light and Spectroscopy Concept Inventory (LSCI) and to their scores on closely related exam items. Our analysis revealed that no significant correlations exist between students' correctness and coherency scores and their LSCI gain scores or exam item scores. However, the participant group in our study did achieve high scores on the LSCI and on closely related exam items. We hypothesized that these differences are due to the discussions that take place between students, which suggests that instructors who teach with active engagement instructional strategies should focus their implementation on ensuring that their students fully engage in the richest possible discourse.
Journal of College Science Teaching: Volume 045, Issue 03
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10.2505/4/jcst16_045_03_65
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LSCI, LSCI evaluation, LSCI validity, astronomy concept assessment, astronomy concept inventory, astronomy concept test
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J. Eckenrode, E. Prather, and C. Wallace, , J. Coll. Sci. Teaching 045 (03), (2016), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.2505/4/jcst16_045_03_65).
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J. Eckenrode, E. Prather, and C. Wallace, Research and Teaching: Correlations Between Students' Written Responses to Lecture-Tutorial Questions and Their Understandings of Key Astrophysics Concepts, J. Coll. Sci. Teaching 045 (03), (2016), <https://doi.org/10.2505/4/jcst16_045_03_65>.
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Eckenrode, J., Prather, E., & Wallace, C. (2016, January 1). Research and Teaching: Correlations Between Students' Written Responses to Lecture-Tutorial Questions and Their Understandings of Key Astrophysics Concepts. J. Coll. Sci. Teaching, 045(03). Retrieved December 11, 2023, from https://doi.org/10.2505/4/jcst16_045_03_65
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Eckenrode, J, E. Prather, and C. Wallace. "Research and Teaching: Correlations Between Students' Written Responses to Lecture-Tutorial Questions and Their Understandings of Key Astrophysics Concepts." J. Coll. Sci. Teaching. 045, no. 03, (January 1, 2016), https://doi.org/10.2505/4/jcst16_045_03_65 (accessed 11 December 2023).
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Eckenrode, Jeffrey, Edward Prather, and Colin Wallace. "Research and Teaching: Correlations Between Students' Written Responses to Lecture-Tutorial Questions and Their Understandings of Key Astrophysics Concepts." J. Coll. Sci. Teaching 045.03 (2016). 11 Dec. 2023 <https://doi.org/10.2505/4/jcst16_045_03_65>.
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