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written by Genaro Zavala, Santa E. Tejeda-Torres, Pablo Barniol, and Robert J. Beichner
In this article, we present several modifications to the Test of Understanding Graphs in Kinematics. The most significant changes are (i) the addition and removal of items to achieve parallelism in the objectives (dimensions) of the test, thus allowing comparisons of students' performance that were not possible with the original version, and (ii) changes to the distractors of some of the original items that represent the most frequent alternative conceptions. The final modified version (after an iterative process involving four administrations of test variations over two years) was administered to 471 students of an introductory university physics course at a large private university in Mexico. When analyzing the final modified version of the test it was found that the added items satisfied the statistical tests of difficulty, discriminatory power, and reliability; also, that the great majority of the modified distractors were effective in terms of their frequency selection and discriminatory power; and, that the final modified version of the test satisfied the reliability and discriminatory power criteria as well as the original test. Here, we also show the use of the new version of the test, presenting a new analysis of students' understanding not possible to do before with the original version of the test, specifically regarding the objectives and items that in the new version meet parallelisms. Finally, in the PhysPort project (physport.org), we present the final modified version of the test. It can be used by teachers and researchers to assess students' understanding of graphs in kinematics, as well as their learning about them.
Physical Review Physics Education Research: Volume 13, Issue 2, Pages 020111
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graphing, representations
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G. Zavala, S. Tejeda-Torres, P. Barniol, and R. Beichner, , Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 13 (2), 020111 (2017), WWW Document, (https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.13.020111).
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G. Zavala, S. Tejeda-Torres, P. Barniol, and R. Beichner, Modifying the test of understanding graphs in kinematics, Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 13 (2), 020111 (2017), <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.13.020111>.
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Zavala, G., Tejeda-Torres, S., Barniol, P., & Beichner, R. (2017, August 31). Modifying the test of understanding graphs in kinematics. Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res., 13(2), 020111. Retrieved July 21, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.13.020111
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Zavala, G, S. Tejeda-Torres, P. Barniol, and R. Beichner. "Modifying the test of understanding graphs in kinematics." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 13, no. 2, (August 31, 2017): 020111, https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.13.020111 (accessed 21 July 2024).
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Zavala, Genaro, Santa Esmeralda Tejeda-Torres, Pablo Barniol, and Robert Beichner. "Modifying the test of understanding graphs in kinematics." Phys. Rev. Phys. Educ. Res. 13.2 (2017): 020111. 21 July 2024 <https://doi.org/10.1103/PhysRevPhysEducRes.13.020111>.
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