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ERIC Number: EJ1084629
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Nov
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1089-9995
The Oceanography Concept Inventory: A Semicustomizable Assessment for Measuring Student Understanding of Oceanography
Arthurs, Leilani; Hsia, Jennifer F.; Schweinle, William
Journal of Geoscience Education, v63 n4 p310-322 Nov 2015
We developed and evaluated an Oceanography Concept Inventory (OCI), which used a mixed-methods approach to test student achievement of 11 learning goals for an introductory-level oceanography course. The OCI was designed with expert input, grounded in research on student (mis)conceptions, written with minimal jargon, tested on 464 students, and evaluated for validity, reliability, and generalizability. The result was a valid and reliable, semicustomizable instrument, with longer 23-item and shorter 16-item versions, as well as flexible grading using either classical one-point-per-item scoring or item-difficulty-weighted scoring. This article is of utility to potential end users of the OCI (e.g., practitioners and researchers) and test developers considering constructing a concept inventory.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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