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ERIC Number: ED547954
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 232
Abstractor: As Provided
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ISBN: 978-1-2673-9811-6
The Effect of Assessment Style on Student Epistemologies in Introductory Physics
Bowen, Mark Ryan
ProQuest LLC, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of California, Davis.
Epistemologies were measured across two separate lecture sections of introductory algebra-based physics at UC Davis. Remarkable differences in epistemologies, as measured by the MPEX II survey were noted with one section's students (section A) showing significantly better gains in almost all epistemological categories than the other (section B). One difference between the sections was the style of the assessment (quizzes) employed by each lecturer. Section A's assessment required complex reasoning using basic physics concepts while section B's assessment consisted of standard physics problems which could be solved algorithmically. Although there may have been other important differences between the sections such as lecture style, we hypothesize the assessment in section A sent a strong, positive epistemological message to the students. We will report results from a new investigation, varying assessment style in two separate lecture sections, each with the same instructor. [The dissertation citations contained here are published with the permission of ProQuest LLC. Further reproduction is prohibited without permission. Copies of dissertations may be obtained by Telephone (800) 1-800-521-0600. Web page:]
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Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Doctoral Dissertations
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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