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Physical Review Physics Education Research
written by Mary Jane Brundage and Chandralekha Singh
This paper discusses the development and validation of the long version of a conceptual multiple-choice survey instrument called the Survey of Thermodynamic Processes and First and Second Laws-Long suitable for introductory physics courses. This version of the survey instrument is a longer version of the original shorter version developed and validated earlier in 2015. The 19 contexts including the exact wording of all of the problem situations posed in the two versions of the survey instrument are identical and the difference between the long and short versions of the instrument is only in the multiple-choice options. After the development and validation of the longer version of the survey instrument, the final version was administered in 12 different in-person classes (four different institutions) in which students answered the questions in-class on paper scantron forms with the instructor as the proctor and 12 different in-person classes (five different institutions) in which students answered the questions online on Qualtrics within a two-hour period. This longer version of the survey instrument was administered to introductory physics students in various traditionally taught calculus-based and algebra-based classes before and after traditional lecture-based instruction in relevant concepts. It was also administered to upper-level undergraduates majoring in physics and Ph.D. students taught traditionally for bench marking purposes and for concurrent validity, which involved comparing advanced students' performance with those of introductory students for whom the survey is intended. Similar to the shorter version, we find that although that although the longer version of the survey instrument focuses on thermodynamics concepts covered in introductory courses, it is challenging even for advanced students. A comparison with the baseline data on the longer version presented here can help instructors evaluate the effectiveness of innovative pedagogies.
Physical Review Physics Education Research: Volume 19, Issue 2, Pages 020112
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Education - Basic Research
- Assessment
= Conceptual Assessment
= Instruments
- Cognition
= Cognition Development
- Problem Solving
= Processes
- Research Design & Methodology
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- Student Characteristics
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- Physics Education Research
Thermo & Stat Mech
- First Law
- Second and Third Law
= Applications
= Entropy
= Heat Engines
- Thermal Properties of Matter
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10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.19.020112
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STPFaSL-long Assessment, STPFaSL-long Validation, Thermodynamics conceptual assessment, Thermodynamics conceptual survey
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M. Brundage and C. Singh, , Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 19 (2), 020112 (2023), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.19.020112).
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M. Brundage and C. Singh, Development and validation of a conceptual multiple-choice survey instrument to assess student understanding of introductory thermodynamics, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 19 (2), 020112 (2023), <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.19.020112>.
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Brundage, M., & Singh, C. (2023, August 17). Development and validation of a conceptual multiple-choice survey instrument to assess student understanding of introductory thermodynamics. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., 19(2), 020112. Retrieved May 21, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.19.020112
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Brundage, Mary Jane, and Chandralekha Singh. "Development and validation of a conceptual multiple-choice survey instrument to assess student understanding of introductory thermodynamics." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 19, no. 2, (August 17, 2023): 020112, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.19.020112 (accessed 21 May 2024).
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Brundage, Mary Jane, and Chandralekha Singh. "Development and validation of a conceptual multiple-choice survey instrument to assess student understanding of introductory thermodynamics." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 19.2 (2023): 020112. 21 May 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.19.020112>.
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