Describes the factor analysis and validity of the Force Concept Inventory (FCI), a test designed to assess student understanding of the most basic concepts in Newtonian physics and to evaluate the effectiveness of instruction. Discusses problems in the use of the FCI and urges caution in interpreting and using FCI scores.
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Keywords:NSDL,Education Foundations,Undergraduate (Lower Division),Secondary Education,Research Design & Methodology,Physics Education Research,General Physics,Graduate/Professional,Student Placement,Validity,Scientific Concepts,Science Instruction,Higher Education,oai:nsdl.org:2200/20061003064248367T,Physics,Newtonian Mechanics,Force,Science Tests,High School,NSDL_SetSpec_439869,Vocational/Professional Development Education,Education,Course Evaluation
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