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Abstract Title: Uncovering the Unknown Unknowns of Peer Instruction Questions
Abstract: "Wow! I wish I'd written that question..." Many instructors struggle to write Peer Instruction questions that present the ideas of their discipline using thought-provoking representations that engage learners in a wider variety of intellectual tasks. How much variety exists in your question banks? How would you go about evaluating this and even if you did, how would you know what you're missing? We present a framework for uncovering the variety in the discipline representations, intellectual tasks, and difficulty levels employed in hundreds of multiple-choice questions produced by faculty in our workshops over the years. We then exploit this framework to generate new questions using underutilized elements. In this way, we create questions that better afford learners an opportunity to develop their discipline fluency.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session I
Poster Number: A30
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Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Rica Sirbaugh French
MiraCosta College & Center for Astronomy Education
One Barnard Drive
Physical Sciences M/S 8C
Oceanside, CA 92056
Phone: 7607572121x6506
Fax: 7607956804
Co-Author(s)
and Co-Presenter(s)
Edward Prather, University of Arizona & Center for Astronomy Education

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