Comparing two types of diagnostic items to evaluate understanding of heat and temperature concepts

Hye-Eun Chu, A. L. Chandrasegaran, David F. Treagust

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Abstract

The purpose of this research was to investigate an efficient method to assess year 8 (age 13-14) students' conceptual understanding of heat and temperature concepts. Two different types of instruments were used in this study: Type 1, consisting of multiple-choice items with open-ended justifications; and Type 2, consisting of two-tier multiple-choice items. Each of the instruments was administered to two separate cohorts of 173 and 143 year 8 students of similar achievement. The findings indicated that the students were better able to show their understanding in the two-tier multiple-choice items. Hence, based on this investigation, two-tier multiple-choice items may be more suitable for evaluating year 8 students' understanding of science concepts.
LanguageEnglish
Article numberEJ1174745
Pages107-116
Number of pages10
JournalSchool Science Review
Volume99
Issue number368
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2018

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  • diagnostic assessment tools
  • heat and temperature concept
  • Conceptual understanding

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Chu, H-E., Chandrasegaran, A. L., & Treagust, D. F. (2018). Comparing two types of diagnostic items to evaluate understanding of heat and temperature concepts. School Science Review, 99(368), 107-116. [EJ1174745].
Chu, Hye-Eun ; Chandrasegaran, A. L. ; Treagust, David F. / Comparing two types of diagnostic items to evaluate understanding of heat and temperature concepts. In: School Science Review. 2018 ; Vol. 99, No. 368. pp. 107-116.
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Chu, H-E, Chandrasegaran, AL & Treagust, DF 2018, 'Comparing two types of diagnostic items to evaluate understanding of heat and temperature concepts', School Science Review, vol. 99, no. 368, EJ1174745, pp. 107-116.

Comparing two types of diagnostic items to evaluate understanding of heat and temperature concepts. / Chu, Hye-Eun; Chandrasegaran, A. L.; Treagust, David F.

In: School Science Review, Vol. 99, No. 368, EJ1174745, 03.2018, p. 107-116.

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