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Abstract Title: An Assessment Design Rubric for a Reformed Introductory Physics Curriculum
Abstract: Matter and Interactions (M&I) is an introductory physics course that ventures beyond pedagogical innovation by altering course content and emphasis, thus defining new learning goals.  For example, one of the central learning goals of M&I emphasizes the construction of models of physical systems starting from fundamental principles.  It follows that new learning goals necessitate new assessments.  In this paper we present a rubric developed to inform the design of test problems and assess not only content knowledge but also students' approach to problem solving.  In addition, we present research findings that informed the development of our rubric includingthe scaffolding of student learning of the new approach to problem solving.  Although our focus is on assessment of the M&I curriculum, our work has implications for assessment design in general.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Wendi Wampler
Purdue University, Graduate Student
525 Northwestern Ave
West Lafayette, IN 47907
Phone: 3179971816
and Co-Presenter(s)
Lynn Bryan  labryan -at- purdue.edu
Mark Haugan Haugan -at- purdue.edu