The development of formative assessment probes for optics education

Erin F C Dokter, Stephen M. Pompea, Robert T. Sparks, Constance E. Walker

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Abstract

Research exploring students' knowledge of optics from elementary through college has revealed that many concepts can be difficult for students to grasp. This can be the case particularly with fundamental concepts, such as the nature of light, how light interacts with matter, and how light behaves in optical systems. The use of formative assessment probes (low-stakes questions posed to students before instruction or in real-time in the classroom) can inform instructors about student background knowledge, and can also be used as they progress through learning in class. By understanding what students know prior to instruction, and how well they are learning in real-time, instruction can be designed and modified in order to encourage the development of scientifically-accurate knowledge.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
Volume7783
DOIs
StatePublished - 2010
EventOptics Education and Outreach - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Aug 1 2010Aug 1 2010

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OtherOptics Education and Outreach
CountryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA
Period8/1/108/1/10

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Keywords

  • Assessment
  • Optical concepts
  • Optics education
  • Pedagogy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Applied Mathematics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics

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Dokter, E. F. C., Pompea, S. M., Sparks, R. T., & Walker, C. E. (2010). The development of formative assessment probes for optics education. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering (Vol. 7783). [778309] https://doi.org/10.1117/12.862699

The development of formative assessment probes for optics education. / Dokter, Erin F C; Pompea, Stephen M.; Sparks, Robert T.; Walker, Constance E.

Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 7783 2010. 778309.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Dokter, EFC, Pompea, SM, Sparks, RT & Walker, CE 2010, The development of formative assessment probes for optics education. in Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. vol. 7783, 778309, Optics Education and Outreach, San Diego, CA, United States, 8/1/10. https://doi.org/10.1117/12.862699
Dokter EFC, Pompea SM, Sparks RT, Walker CE. The development of formative assessment probes for optics education. In Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 7783. 2010. 778309 https://doi.org/10.1117/12.862699
Dokter, Erin F C ; Pompea, Stephen M. ; Sparks, Robert T. ; Walker, Constance E. / The development of formative assessment probes for optics education. Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering. Vol. 7783 2010.
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