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
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Tempe, AZ, Mar. 16, 2003.
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