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Evaluation in Science Courses

Friday, November 11, 2016
11:15am – 1:10pm

Storrs Campus
ROWE 318

One of the challenges for many students in math intensive science courses is to understand the concepts involved behind the math. In introductory physics courses this issue is particularly common: students can solve certain problems, but lack the conceptual foundation to explain their reasoning. On the other hand, it if often challenging for the instructor to comprehensively gauge the level of conceptual understanding a group of students has coming into the course, specially in a large classroom setting. We present in this talk steps that have been implemented in our introductory physics courses to systematically assess conceptual understanding coming into the course, as well as during the semester. We discuss how this information can be integrated with regular course assessments through concept maps, and how this information can drive curricular and pedagogical reform.

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