Conceptual assessment tool for advanced undergraduate electrodynamics
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As part of ongoing investigations into student learning in advanced undergraduate courses, we have developed a conceptual assessment tool for upper-division electrodynamics (E&M II): the Colorado UppeR-division ElectrodyNamics Test (CURrENT). This is a free response, post-instruction diagnostic with 6 multi-part questions, an optional 3-question pre-instruction test, and accompanying grading rubrics. The instrument’s development was guided by faculty-consensus learning goals and research into common student difficulties. It can be used to gauge the effectiveness of transformed pedagogy, and to gain insights into student thinking in the covered topic areas. We present baseline data representing 500 students across 9 institutions, along with validity, reliability and discrimination measures of the instrument and scoring rubric.
Baily , C , Ryan , Q , Astolfi , C & Pollock , S 2017 , ' Conceptual assessment tool for advanced undergraduate electrodynamics ' Physical Review Physics Education Research , vol 13 , no. 2 , 020113 . DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.13.020113
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