NotesFAQContact Us
Search Tips
Peer reviewed Peer reviewed
Direct linkDirect link
ERIC Number: EJ820507
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007
Pages: 6
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1554-9178
Context Sensitivity in the Force Concept Inventory
Stewart, John; Griffin, Heather; Stewart, Gay
Physical Review Special Topics - Physics Education Research, v3 n1 p010102-1--010102-6 Jan-Jun 2007
The force concept inventory and a 10-question context-modified test were given to 647 students enrolled in introductory physics classes at the University of Arkansas. Context changes had an effect ranging from -3% to 10% on the individual questions. The average student score on the ten transformed questions was 3% higher than the average student score on the corresponding 10 force concept inventory questions. Therefore, the effect of contextual changes on the total of the 10 questions is not sufficient to affect normal use of the force concept inventory as a diagnostic instrument. (Contains 2 tables and 26 notes.)
American Physical Society. One Physics Ellipse 4th Floor, College Park, MD 20740-3844. Tel: 301-209-3200; Fax: 301-209-0865; e-mail:; Website:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Arkansas