Chemistry Concept Inventory
 

Principal Developers

A Chemistry Concept Inventory (ChCI) was created utilizing an expansive literature review of chemistry related misconceptions and utilizing the general principles of the Force Concept Inventory. The incorrect choices (distracters) for the multiple-choice questions were generated from open-ended quizzes administered during general chemistry classes at Arizona State University (ASU). Sixty questions were developed. Thirty of these are suitable for the first semester of a two-semester chemistry course, and the other thirty are suitable for the second semester of the course. A fraction of the questions are tied to questions on the Materials Concept Inventory to allow comparison of results of knowledge gain between a basic science course and an introductory engineering science course. The two thirty-question sets will begin field testing this summer at chemistry classes at ASU and at a community college to compare results from different sites. The questions will be improved based upon the results obtained during this summer, and new tests will be administered to large chemistry sections this fall. Progress on the ChCI has been reported at a panel session at the Share the Future IV Conference panel in March 2003 and also at a Frontiers in Education conference panel1 the fall of 2003.

The ChCI itself is available on line at
<http://www.eas.asu.edu/~cresmet/cresmet_goodies/MCItestbeta32.pdf>.

References for Further Information

  1. Hestenes, D., Wells, M., and Swackhamer, G. (1992). Force Concept Inventory. The Physics Teacher, 30 (3), 141-151
  2. Hestenes, D., and Hallounm I. (1995). Interpreting the Force Concept Inventory. The Physics Teacher, 33 (8)
  3. Hallounm I., and Hestenes, D. (1985). The initial knowledge state of college physics students. American Journal of Physics, 53(11), 1043-1055
  4. Hallounm I., and Hestenes, D. (1985). Common sense concepts about motion. American Journal of Physics, 53(11), 1056-1065
  5. Evans, D.L., and Hestenes, D. (2001), "The Concept of the Concept Inventory Assessment Instrument," Proceedings, Frontiers in Education Conference, Reno, NV, USA
  6. Birk, J.P., and Bauer, R.C. (2003). "Chemistry Concepts Inventory", Share the Future IV: A Working Conference, Tempe, AZ, Mar. 16, 2003.
  7. Evans, D.L., Gray, D., Krause, S., Martin, J., Midkiff, C., Notaros, B.M., Pavelich, M., Rancour, D., Reed-Rhoads, T., Steif, P., Streveler, R., and Wage, K. (2003). "Progress on Concept Inventory Assessment Tools", Proceedings, Frontiers in Education Conference, Boulder, CO, USA.
  8. Jenkins, B.E., Birk, J.P., Bauer, R.C., Krause, S., and Pavelich, M.J. (2004). "Development and Application of a Chemistry Concept Inventory", Symposium on Research in Chemistry Education," 227th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society, Anaheim, CA, Mar. 28-Apr. 1, 2004.
  9. M. Pavelich, B. Jenkins, J. Birk, R. Bauer, and S. Krause, "Development of a Chemistry Concept Inventory for Use in Chemistry, Materials, and other Engineering Courses," Proceedings, ASEE Annual Conference, Salt Lake City, UT, June 20-23, 2004.
  10. Krause, S., Birk, J.P., Bauer, R.C., Jenkins, B., and Pavelich, M.J. (2004). "Development, Testing, and Application of a Chemistry Concept Inventory," Proceedings, Frontiers in Education Conference, Savannah, GA, USA

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