Developed by Ron Thornton and David Sokoloff
|Purpose||To assess students' understanding of heat and temperature concepts.|
|Format||Pre/post, Multiple-choice, Short answer|
|Focus||Thermal / Statistical Content knowledge (temperature, phase change, heat transfer, thermal properties of materials)|
Sample questions from the HCTE:
This is the third highest level of research validation, corresponding to at least 3 of the validation categories below.
Research Validation Summary
Based on Research Into:
- Student thinking
- Student interviews
- Expert review
- Appropriate statistical analysis
- At multiple institutions
- By multiple research groups
- Peer-reviewed publication
The multiple-choice questions on the HTCE are based on research into student thinking. The HTCE has been tested with over 1000 students at four universities.
- C. Tanahoung, R. Chitaree, C. Soankwan, M. Sharma, and I. Johnston, Surveying Thai and Sydney introductory physics students’ understandings of heat and temperature , presented at the The Australian Conference on Science and Mathematics Education, Sydney, Australia, 2006.
- C. Tanahoung, M. Sharma, I. Johnston, R. Chitaree, and C. Soankwan, Surveying Sydney Introductory Physics Students' Understandings of Heat and Temperature, presented at the Australian Institute of Physics National Congress, Brisbane, 2006.
PhysPort provides translations of assessments as a service to our users, but does not endorse the accuracy or validity of translations. Assessments validated for one language and culture may not be valid for other languages and cultures.
If you know of a translation that we don't have yet, or if you would like to translate this assessment, please contact us!
Login or register to download the answer key and an excel scoring and analysis tool for this assessment.
Typical Results from Tanahoung et. al, 2006. Question 24 was omitted from the analysis because it was not multiple-choice.
Coming soon: The PhysPort Assessment Data Explorer
Start learning more from your tests.
- Get 1-click statistics
- Compare to students like yours
- Get practical, personalized recommendations
The latest version of the HCTE, released in 2001, is version 1.