Developed by Bethany Wilcox and Steven Pollock
|Purpose||To assess skills in first semester upper-level E&M, such as the ability to visualize a problem, correctly apply problem-solving methods, connect math to physics, and describe limiting behavior.|
|Format||Pre/post, Multiple-choice, Multiple-response|
|Duration||Pre: 20 min; Post: 50 min|
|Focus||Electricity / Magnetism Content knowledge (electrostatics, magnetostatics, choosing a problem-solving method)|
Sample question from the CUE-CMR:
The Colorado Science Education Initiative has developed a wide range of curricular materials for teaching junior-level electrostatics, of which the CUE is only one. Please visit the website (http://www.colorado.edu/sei/departments/physics_3310.htm) for other materials such as group activities, clicker questions, and homework.
This is the second highest level of research validation, corresponding to at least 5 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 questions on the CUE-CMR are adapted from the CUE-FR, which is the free-response version of the test. The multiple-choice responses on the CUE-CMR come from student solutions and the grading rubric for the free-response version of the test. The test questions underwent expert review and were refined through student interviews. CUE-CMR scores correlate strongly with standard exam scores (r=0.79). Appropriate statistical analyses of difficulty, discrimination and internal consistency were conducted. The CUE-CMR has been given to over 50 students at one institution. The results are published in two peer-reviewed publications.
- B. Wilcox and S. Pollock, Coupled multiple-response versus free-response conceptual assessment: An example from upper-division physics, Phys. Rev. ST Phys. Educ. Res. 10 (2), 020124 (2014).
- B. Wilcox and S. Pollock, Multiple-choice Assessment for Upper-division Electricity and Magnetism, presented at the Physics Education Research Conference 2013, Portland, OR, 2013.
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Typical results on the CUE-CMR from (Wilcox and Pollock, 2014):
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The latest version of the CUE-CMR, released in 2013, is version 9. The CUE-CMR is intended to replace the CUE-FR, a free response version of the same test. Version 9 of the CUE-CMR is comparable to version 22 of the CUE-FR.
Pre/post, Short answer