Developed by Charles Baily, Michael Dubson, and Steven J. Pollock
|Purpose||To assess fundamental skills and understanding of core topics from advanced undergraduate electrodynamics.|
|Format||Pre/post, Short answer|
|Duration||Pre: 15 min, Post: 50 min|
|Focus||Electricity / Magnetism Content knowledge (vector calculus, complex exponentials, time-dependent Maxwell equations, Ohm's law, conservation of charge and energy, electromagnetic plane wave, transmission & reflection)|
Sample question from the CURrENT:
The Colorado Science Education Initiative has developed a wide range of curricular materials for teaching junior-level electrodynamics, of which the CURrENT is only one. Please visit the website (http://www.colorado.edu/sei/departments/physics_3320.htm) for other materials such as group activities, clicker questions, and homework. The CuRrENT questions were written to reflect both the broad and topic-specific learning goals expressed by experienced faculty; more information on our learning goals can be found on the CU Electrodynamics website: http://per.colorado.edu/Electrodynamics/documents/learninggoals.html
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 free-response questions on the CURrENT were developed based on previously established learning goals, expert input, and common student difficulties. Questions were refined through student interviews and analysis of student performance on the test. The CURrENT has been given to over 30 students at 2 institutions. The results are published in one peer-reviewed publications.
- C. Baily, M. Dubson, and S. Pollock, Research-Based Course Materials and Assessments for Upper-Division Electrodynamics (E&M II), presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2012, Philadelphia, PA, 2012.
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The latest version of the CURrENT, released in summer 2014, is version 5.0.