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ERIC Number: EJ920836
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011
Pages: 8
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 51
ISSN: ISSN-1470-8175
Development and Analysis of an Instrument to Assess Student Understanding of Foundational Concepts before Biochemistry Coursework
Villafane, Sachel M.; Bailey, Cheryl P.; Loertscher, Jennifer; Minderhout, Vicky; Lewis, Jennifer E.
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Education, v39 n2 p102-109 Mar-Apr 2011
Biochemistry is a challenging subject because student learning depends on the application of previously learned concepts from general chemistry and biology to new, biological contexts. This article describes the development of a multiple-choice instrument intended to measure five concepts from general chemistry and three from biology that are considered prerequisite for biochemistry learning. This instrument is specifically designed with a factor structure that includes three multiple-choice items for each of the eight concepts and the most common incorrect ideas that students could have as distractors. It can be used as a pretest to identify students' incorrect ideas about those concepts and to determine if instruction helps students overcome those incorrect ideas when used as a posttest. Results from a confirmatory factor analysis support a very good fit for an eight-factor solution. This manuscript represents a report on the current state of instrument development. We seek to share our methods and instrument design principles with the broader community. (Contains 7 tables and 1 figure.)
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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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