The Signals and Systems Concept Inventory

Kathleen E. Wage, John R. Buck, and Margret A. Hjalmarson

This paper collects and synthesizes information about the SSCI previously published in a number of different journals and conference proceedings [6, 7, 8]. The target audience of this paper is STEM faculty interested in developing new concept inventories for their own core classes, whereas the publications cited above are targeted at electrical engineering faculty teaching S&S courses. We hope to provide a useful perspective on the development, testing and application of a concept inventory for an upper division core course. This paper also presents new material on our expert peer review process to establish content validity and updates our data employing the SSCI to quantify gains in students' conceptual understanding due to instruction, and to identify stubborn misconceptions held by students.

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