Electric Circuits Conceptual Evaluation (ECCE)

Developed by David Sokoloff

Purpose To assess students’ understanding of simple circuits concepts.
Format Pre/post, Multiple-choice, Short answer
Duration 60 min
Focus Electricity / Magnetism Content knowledge (DC and AC circuits)
Level Intro college, High school
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Sample questions from the ECCE:

ECCE sample question

ECCE sample questions

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D. Sokoloff, Teaching Electric Circuit Concepts Using Microcomputer-Based Current/Voltage Probes, presented at the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Microcomputer-Based Laboratories, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 1992.
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Bronze Validation
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

Studied Using:

  • Student interviews
  • Expert review
  • Appropriate statistical analysis

Research Conducted:

  • At multiple institutions
  • By multiple research groups
  • Peer-reviewed publication

The multiple-choice questions on the ECCE were based on research on open-ended questions about circuits published in the literature as well as the author’s personal experience with teaching circuits topics. The ECCE has been given to over 100 students at two universities, and the results published in one peer-reviewed article.


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Typical Results

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The latest version of the ECCE, released in 1996, is version 1.