Consistency of students’ conceptions: an important issue in assessing students’ conceptions

Consistency of students’ conceptions: an important issue in assessing students’ conceptions

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Consistency of students’ conceptions: an important issue in assessing students’ conceptions

Assessing students’, conceptions is an important process in classroom learning. To assess students’, conceptions, we can use various methods, for instance, interviews, open-endedquestions, multiple-choice questions, etc. Different methods have different advantages and disadvantages. The multiple-choice test is an assessment technique frequently used in measuring students’, conceptions because it is convenient to analyze and it is more affordablefor testing a large number of students. Traditionally, for a multiple-choice test, different test questions measure different concepts, so students answer each question independently. ,However, many research studies showed that a lot of students lacked of consistency of usingtheir own conceptions, meaning that they answer several questions testing the same concept differently from one another. This suggests that students do not really understand the concept. It is important for teachers to assess students’, consistency in using their own conceptions in order to achieve learning goals. But, how can we do that? In this paper, we present various methods used in measuring the consistency of students’, conceptions. We also present ,examples of measuring the consistency of students’, conceptions as well as the results from ,our studies. Implications for classroom using will also be presented.

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