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Abstract Title: Analysis of a Large-scale Assessment Project Using Available Assessment Instruments
Abstract: We analyze the results of a large-scale assessment project which used available conceptual inventories and locally written pre- and post-tests in the laboratories in order to assess the effectiveness of our laboratory implementation. We found that the instruments were limited in scope and not sufficient to generate an accurate assessment of all aspects of the laboratory implementation. The conceptual inventories assessed both lecture and lab and did not assess problem solving, modeling, aspects of critical thinking or laboratory skills. The locally written pre- and post-tests were limited in coverage. However, they did give information on students' thinking processes, laboratory and problem solving skills. We discuss the need for a more comprehensive assessment instrument that addresses, not just conceptual understanding, but modeling, problem solving, aspects of critical thinking, laboratory and other skills that can be used across courses and universities to evaluate the effectiveness of our instruction.
Abstract Type: Gallery Session Poster
Poster Gallery Session: Moving Beyond Conceptual Inventories

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Beth Thacker
Texas Tech University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Keith West, Texas Tech University