Uncovering misconceptions through text analysis

Boles, Wageeh, Goncher, Andrea, & Jayalath, Dhammika (2015) Uncovering misconceptions through text analysis. In 6th Research in Engineering Education Symposium (REES2015), 13-15 July 2015, Dublin, Ireland.


Assessing students’ conceptual understanding of technical content is important for instructors as well as students to learn content and apply knowledge in various contexts. Concept inventories that identify possible misconceptions through validated multiple-choice questions are helpful in identifying a misconception that may exist, but do not provide a meaningful assessment of why they exist or the nature of the students’ understanding. We conducted a case study with undergraduate students in an electrical engineering course by testing a validated multiple-choice response concept inventory that we augmented with a component for students to provide written explanations for their multiple-choice selection. Results revealed that correctly chosen multiple-choice selections did not always match correct conceptual understanding for question testing a specific concept. The addition of a text-response to multiple-choice concept inventory questions provided an enhanced and meaningful assessment of students’ conceptual understanding and highlighted variables associated with current concept inventories or multiple choice questions.

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ID Code: 86060
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: conceptual understanding, concept inventories, engineering education, text analysis
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > OTHER ENGINEERING (099900)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > OTHER EDUCATION (139900)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Science & Engineering Faculty
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2015 [please consult the authors]
Deposited On: 28 Jul 2015 22:34
Last Modified: 28 Jun 2017 10:45

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