Tools for Assessing Conceptual Understanding in the Engineering Sciences

D. L. Evans, Clark Midkiff, Ron Miller, Jim Morgan, Stephen Krause, Jay Martin, Branislav M. Notaros, David Rancour, and Kathleen Wage

One of the hindrances to reform in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education is the absence of good assessment instruments that can measure the value added to student learning by new ways of teaching important material. The well-known Force Concept Inventory (FCI) assessment instrument is a good model of an instrument that can be used to check on students' understanding of basic concepts in a discipline. This panel will discuss work in progress by the panel members and their co-developers to construct FCI-like Concept Inventories in each of the disciplines of thermodynamics, signals and systems, strength of materials, electromagnetics, circuits, materials, fluid mechanics, and transport processes.

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