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Abstract Title: Multiple-Choice Assessment for Upper-division Electrodynamics
Abstract: Multiple-choice assessments are a standard tool for achieving reliable measures of certain aspects of students' conceptual learning in large introductory physics courses. It is harder to develop a multiple-choice assessment for upper-division physics because it involves greater emphasis on assessing students' reasoning in addition to their conceptual knowledge. A coupled-response format employed by the multiple-choice CUE (Colorado Upper-division Electrostatics) diagnostic has achieved great success. We further investigate this new testing format in upper-division electrodynamics content. Our goal is to preserve the insights afforded by the existing open-ended assessment, the CURrENT (Colorado UppeR-division ElectrodyNamics Test), while exploiting the logistical advantages of an objectively gradable instrument. We present the development, scoring, and preliminary analysis of validity and reliability of this multiple-response version of the CURrENT.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Qing Ryan
Cal Poly Pomona
and Co-Presenter(s)
Charles Baily, University of St.Andrews
Steven J. Pollock, University of Colorado Boulder