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Abstract Title: Assessing Competence in Authentic-driven Inquiry and Problem-solving in an Introductory Physics for Life Science Course
Abstract: The students taking the introductory physics course at Mercy College are all preparing for a future in the health or life sciences.  There has been an ongoing effort to create a physics curricular experience that will enable these students to develop inquiry about the physical mechanisms underlying living processes and be able to use models to answer their own authentic questions.  Student homework and individual final projects, both allowed students to investigate what was interesting to them, but this individuality in assignments also made development of an competence assessment instrument challenging.   The latest version of the master rubric will be shown, with examples of student work exemplifying the different levels of achievement in the different categories of physics competency.   Results also how where further curricular improvements need to be made.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Nancy Beverly
Mercy College
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School of Health and Natural Sciences
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