ERIC Number: EJ1108225
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Jun
Abstractor: As Provided
Development of a "Lac" Operon Concept Inventory (LOCI)
Stefanski, Katherine M.; Gardner, Grant E.; Seipelt-Thiemann, Rebecca L.
CBE - Life Sciences Education, v15 n2 Article 24 Jun 2016
Concept inventories (CIs) are valuable tools for educators that assess student achievement and identify misconceptions held by students. Results of student responses can be used to adjust or develop new instructional methods for a given topic. The regulation of gene expression in both prokaryotes and eukaryotes is an important concept in genetics and one that is particularly challenging for undergraduate students. As part of a larger study examining instructional methods related to gene regulation, the authors developed a 12-item CI assessing student knowledge of the "lac" operon. Using an established protocol, the authors wrote open-ended questions and conducted in-class testing with undergraduate microbiology and genetics students to discover common errors made by students about the "lac" operon and to determine aspects of item validity. Using these results, we constructed a 12-item multiple-choice "lac" operon CI called the "Lac" Operon Concept Inventory (LOCI), The LOCI was reviewed by two experts in the field for content validity. The LOCI underwent item analysis and was assessed for reliability with a sample of undergraduate genetics students (n = 115). The data obtained were found to be valid and reliable (coefficient alpha = 0.994) with adequate discriminatory power and item difficulty.
Descriptors: Concept Formation, Misconceptions, Teaching Methods, Undergraduate Students, Microbiology, Content Validity, Item Analysis, Genetics, Biology, Science Education, College Science, Statistical Analysis, Correlation, Difficulty Level, Test Items, Feedback (Response), Questioning Techniques, Reliability
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