Student understanding in mechanics: A large population survey

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    There has recently been a considerable growth in research probing student understanding in mechanics. Questions based on four such research probes were included in the end-of-high-school physics examination undertaken by some 5500 students. The results obtained give an indication of the extent to which various interpretations of some physical situations are held in a whole population. The possibilities of using research probes as a basis for assessment questions are also illustrated.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)691-696
    Number of pages6
    JournalAmerican Journal of Physics
    Issue number8
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 1987

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