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Abstract Title: Integrating Scientific Practices into Introductory Physics Assessments
Abstract: The Physics and Astronomy Department at Michigan State University recently began to redesign its introductory physics courses.  At the center of this transformation effort is an attempt to include scientific practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas in the assessments and instruction of the courses.  As part of a research effort, we have been developing the Three-Dimensional Learning Assessment Protocol (3D-LAP) to characterize how assessments used in introductory courses change over time.  This instrument provides criteria by which scientific practices, crosscutting concepts, and core ideas can be identified within assessment items.  Additionally, this instrument can be used to help write new assessment items or improve existing ones.  This poster will focus on the 3D-LAP and using it to track changes in assessments over time as well as to build assessment items that incorporate all three dimensions.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: James T. Laverty
Michigan State University
620 Farm Lane, Room 115
East Lansing, MI 48824
Phone: 419-944-5802
and Co-Presenter(s)
Stuart H. Tessmer, Sonia M. Underwood, Rebecca L. Matz, Sarah E. Jardeleza, Cori L. Fata-Hartley, Lynmarie A. Posey, Joseph S. Krajcik, Diane Ebert-May, Melanie M. Cooper, and Marcos D. Caballero