Building a Concept Inventory for Numerical Methods: a Chronology
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A concept inventory (CI) instrument allows instructors to measure student misconceptions and address them in a course. The instrument is typically a multiple-choice question test designed to assess the understanding of concepts by a student. The questions focus on reasoning and logic rather than on declarative knowledge of the subject matter. In this paper, we chronicle the development of a concept inventory in Numerical Methods for Engineers as part of a current NSF TUES grant. We focus on the timeline so that readers can themselves follow the intricate process of developing a concept inventory - identifying concepts through experts using DELPHI technique, developing questions, assessing individual questions, and testing for reliability and validity.
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2016 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition
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Kaw, Autar; Lou, Yingyan; Scott, Andrew; and Miller, Ronald L., "Building a Concept Inventory for Numerical Methods: a Chronology" (2016). Mechanical Engineering Faculty Publications. 136.