Title

Optics Concept Assessment: an Evaluation Tool

Document Type

Poster Session

Presentation Date

Summer 7-20-2010

Conference Name

2010 Summer Meeting of the American Association of Physics Teachers

Conference Location

Portland, OR

Abstract

In order to assess student learning of optics, we have created a preliminary optics concept assessment exam. As optics is a broad field (wave nature of light, ray model of light, mirrors, lenses, interference, etc.), the exam is subdivided into multiple sections. In this way, it is possible to omit the uncovered sections. In the test we probe for common misconceptions, and discovered unexpected ones. We will show our initial findings as well as provide some indication of our philosophy in the design of the exam.

Keywords

optics, assessment, evaluation tool

Disciplines

Educational Assessment, Evaluation, and Research | Physics | Science and Mathematics Education

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