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Identifying what makes a good question in a mechanics diagnostic test

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posted on 06.09.2011 by Stephen Lee, Martin C. Harrison, Carol L. Robinson
Many students entering engineering degrees encounter problems with the mathematics involved. More recently, research has shown that freshers may have insuffi cient knowledge of mechanics. In order to assess this, the authors created and administered a multiple-choice mechanics diagnostic test. This paper gives details of the test, and evaluates, using item analysis, how students performed on the questions and on the topics assessed by it. It also makes recommendations for devising questions which allow a diagnostic test to discriminate between students.

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  • Science

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  • Mathematics Education Centre

Citation

LEE, S., HARRISON, M.C. and ROBINSON, C.L., 2008. Identifying what makes a good question in a mechanics diagnostic test. International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education, 36 (3), pp. 256-265

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© Manchester University Press

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AM (Accepted Manuscript)

Publication date

2008

Notes

This article was published in the serial, International Journal of Mechanical Engineering Education [© Manchester University Press]. The definitive version is available at: http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/manup/ijmee/2008/00000036/00000003/art00009

ISSN

0306-4190

Language

en

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