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Dick-Perez, Marilu; Luxford, Cynthia J.; Windus, Theresa L.; Holme, Thomas – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
A 14-item, multiple-choice diagnostic assessment tool, the quantum chemistry concept inventory or QCCI, is presented. Items were developed based on published student misconceptions and content coverage and then piloted and used in advanced physical chemistry undergraduate courses. In addition to the instrument itself, data from both a pretest,…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Multiple Choice Tests, Undergraduate Students
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Raker, Jeffrey; Holme, Thomas; Murphy, Kristen – Journal of Chemical Education, 2013
As a way to assist chemistry departments with programmatic assessment of undergraduate chemistry curricula, the ACS Examinations Institute is devising a map of the content taught throughout the undergraduate curriculum. The structure of the map is hierarchal, with large grain size at the top and more content detail as one moves "down"…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Organic Chemistry
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Murphy, Kristen; Holme, Thomas; Zenisky, April; Caruthers, Heather; Knaus, Karen – Journal of Chemical Education, 2012
The ability to coherently assess content knowledge throughout an entire undergraduate career represents a significant advantage for programmatic assessment strategies. Chemistry, as a discipline, has an unusual tool in this regard because of the nationally standardized exams from the ACS Exams Institute. These exams are norm-referenced and allow…
Descriptors: College Science, Chemistry, Undergraduate Study, Scientific Concepts
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Holme, Thomas; Murphy, Kristen – Journal of Chemical Education, 2012
To provide tools for programmatic assessment related to the use of ACS Exams in undergraduate chemistry courses, the ACS Exams Institute has built a content map that applies to the entire undergraduate curriculum. At the top two levels, the grain size of the content classification is large and spans the entire undergraduate curriculum. At the…
Descriptors: College Science, Chemistry, Undergraduate Study, Concept Mapping
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Knaus, Karen; Murphy, Kristen; Blecking, Anja; Holme, Thomas – Journal of Chemical Education, 2011
The design and use of a valid and reliable instrument for the assignment of cognitive complexity ratings to chemistry exam items is described in this paper. Use of such an instrument provides a simple method to quantify the cognitive demands of chemistry exam items. Instrument validity was established in two different ways: statistically…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Development, Science Instruction