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Assessing the State of STEM Concept Inventories: A National Workshop. May 10 – 12, 2007 The Melrose Hotel Washington, DC. Welcome!. Agenda Historical Perspective Parking Lot. Steering Committee. Teri Reed-Rhoads (chair), Purdue University; Kirk Allen, Purdue University;

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assessing the state of stem concept inventories a national workshop

Assessing the State of STEM Concept Inventories: A National Workshop

May 10 – 12, 2007

The Melrose Hotel

Washington, DC

  • Agenda
  • Historical Perspective
  • Parking Lot
steering committee
Steering Committee

Teri Reed-Rhoads (chair), Purdue University;

Kirk Allen, Purdue University;

Jeff Froyd, Texas A&M University;

PK Imbrie, Purdue University;

Jay Martin, University of Wisconsin-Madison;

Ron Miller, Colorado School of Mines

Paul Steif, Carnegie Mellon University

Andrea Stone, Consultant

Robert Terry, University of Oklahoma

supported by the national science foundation due 0731232

Supported by the National Science Foundation(DUE - 0731232)

Directorate for Education and Human Resources (EHR)

Division of Undergraduate Education (DUE)

historical perspective of concept inventories development

Historical Perspective of Concept Inventories Development

May 10 – 12, 2007

The Melrose Hotel

Washington, DC


Based on a manuscript titled“Concept Inventories: Literature Review of an Assessment Methodology for Engineering and Beyond”

Kirk Allen, Andrea Stone,

Teri Reed-Rhoads, and Teri J. Murphy

engineering education research colloquies
Engineering Education Research Colloquies
  • EERC - An NSF Sponsored Initiative to
    • develop a systematic framework for engineering education research
    • increase our capacity for engineering education research
  • A collaboration of engineering, science, and mathematics educators and researchers, learning scientists, and practitioners all working together to meet these needs.
  • EERC Steering Committee: Robin Adams, Norman Fortenberry, P. K. Imbrie, Kamyar Haghighi, Leah Jamieson, Jack Lohmann, Teri Reed-Rhoads, Karl Smith
the framework
The Framework

Engineering Epistemologies

Research on what constitutes engineering now and into the future

Engineering Diversity and Inclusiveness

Research on how diverse human talents contribute to the social and global relevance of our profession

Engineering Learning Mechanisms

Research on developing Engineering Learners’ Knowledge and Expertise

Engineering Learning Systems

Research on the instructional culture and

epistemology of engineering educators

Engineering Assessment

Research on, and development of, assessment methods, instruments and metrics to enhance engineering education

cited references of major fci publications
Cited references of major FCI publications

Web of Science Cited Reference Search; September 6, 2006

potential from collaborations
Potential from Collaborations
  • Symbiosis between instruments is possible, with one inventory able to demarcate a mastery threshold for performance on follow-up instruments (e.g., chemistry as a pre-requisite for thermodynamics).
  • Engineering programs might select deployment of a suite of instruments at the sophomore, junior, and senior years. With SM participants, it could include the freshman year.
  • Analysis of results from large numbers of students might reveal patterns in development and curriculum, which, in turn, might stimulate curricular renewal.
  • Assessment of students from diverse institutions might reveal bias due to gender, race/ethnicity, or institution type. Revisions could be made to reduce bias.
concept inventories
Concept Inventories
  • Engineering Related
    • 20 instruments
  • Science and Mathematics Related
    • 8 instruments
  • Physics and Astronomy Specific
    • 12 instruments
physics and astronomy ci
Physics and Astronomy CI*

*Rebecca S. Lindell, Elizabeth Peak and Thomas M. Foster, “Are They All Created Equal? A Comparison of Different Concept Inventory Development Methodologies”, 2006 Physics Education Research Conference Proceedings, American Institute of Physics.

workshop questions
Workshop Questions
  • What is the current state of concept inventory development across the STEM disciplines?
  • What CI’s are missing from the current portfolio of CI’s?
  • What infrastructural needs (e.g., a national database and strategies for organizing and supporting the ongoing efforts) would facilitate CI development and refinement?
  • How can the results of CI’s be disseminated to inform faculty how to utilize CI’s to assess their teaching and ultimately change pedagogical practice?
ci community goals
CI Community Goals
  • Provide the opportunity to create a collaborative national database where concept inventory data can be gathered and analyzed in a common way
  • Provide mechanisms for further development and increasing reliability and validity of concept inventories
  • Enhance communication between concept inventory developers
  • Expand the breadth and number of concept inventory users
  • Make concept inventory use more beneficial to instructors
  • Catalyze discussions about student conceptual understanding
parking lot
Parking Lot
  • Fields/areas/topics that are ripe for CI development
    • Design
    • Problem Solving
    • Economics
    • Quality Control