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Abstract Title: Using Primary-Trait- Analysis to Evaluate a Reformed Engineering Mechanics Course
Abstract: While using a standardized concept inventory before and after instruction to evaluate a course is standard, previous research* shows that existing concept inventories are not appropriate for use with Matter and Interactions courses. As an alternative, we have utilized Primary-Trait-Analysis (PTA) since 2012 to evaluate our reformed Matter and Interaction Modern Mechanics course at Purdue University. To utilize PTA, we identified the core concepts (primary traits) covered within the course. With this technique, we then total the percentage points scored for each trait on each exam. Finally we normalize these scores by the test averages. This allowed us to judge the success of the course at teaching the different concepts. Results from multiple semesters will be presented
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: David Beardmore
Department of Physics and Astronomy, Purdue University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Andrew Hirsch, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Purdue University
Rebecca Lindell, Department of Physics and Astronomy, Purdue University