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Dick-Perez, Marilu; Luxford, Cynthia J.; Windus, Theresa L.; Holme, Thomas – Journal of Chemical Education, 2016
A 14-item, multiple-choice diagnostic assessment tool, the quantum chemistry concept inventory or QCCI, is presented. Items were developed based on published student misconceptions and content coverage and then piloted and used in advanced physical chemistry undergraduate courses. In addition to the instrument itself, data from both a pretest,…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Multiple Choice Tests, Undergraduate Students
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Brandriet, Alexandra; Reed, Jessica J.; Holme, Thomas – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
The release of the "NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education" and the "Next Generation Science Standards" has important implications for classroom teaching and assessment. Of particular interest is the implementation of science practices in the chemistry classroom, and the definitions established by the NRC makes these…
Descriptors: Investigations, Test Format, Item Analysis, Science Tests
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Brandriet, Alexandra; Holme, Thomas – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
The American Chemical Society Examinations Institute (ACS-EI) has recently developed the Exams Data Analysis Spread (EDAS) as a tool to help instructors conduct customizable analyses of their student data from ACS exams. The EDAS calculations allow instructors to analyze their students' performances both at the total score and individual item…
Descriptors: Spreadsheets, Data Analysis, Chemistry, Science Tests
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Brandriet, Alexandra; Holme, Thomas – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
As part of the ACS Examinations Institute (ACS-EI) national norming process, student performance data sets are collected from professors at colleges and universities from around the United States. Because the data sets are collected on a volunteer basis, the ACS-EI often receives data sets with only students' total scores and without the students'…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Data Analysis, Error of Measurement, Science Tests
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Holme, Thomas – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
Two different versions of "big ideas" rooted content maps have recently been published for general chemistry. As embodied in the content outline from the College Board, one of these maps is designed to guide curriculum development and testing for advanced placement (AP) chemistry. The Anchoring Concepts Content Map for general chemistry…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Advanced Placement, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation
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Emenike, Mary Elizabeth; Schroeder, Jacob; Murphy, Kristen; Holme, Thomas – Journal of Chemical Education, 2013
As is true for virtually all of higher education, chemistry departments are often required to provide evidence of student learning at both course and curricular levels through evaluation and assessment. The ACS Exams Institute conducted a needs assessment survey of 1500 chemistry faculty members from across the country to investigate motivation,…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Instruction, Needs Assessment, College Science
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Emenike, Mary; Raker, Jeffrey R.; Holme, Thomas – Journal of Chemical Education, 2013
With the increasing emphasis placed upon chemistry instructors and departments to assess and evaluate their courses and curricula, understanding the structure of chemistry faculty members' knowledge and use of assessment terms and concepts can shed light on potential areas for targeted professional development. Survey research that might…
Descriptors: Chemistry, College Faculty, Familiarity, Knowledge Level
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Raker, Jeffrey; Holme, Thomas; Murphy, Kristen – Journal of Chemical Education, 2013
As a way to assist chemistry departments with programmatic assessment of undergraduate chemistry curricula, the ACS Examinations Institute is devising a map of the content taught throughout the undergraduate curriculum. The structure of the map is hierarchal, with large grain size at the top and more content detail as one moves "down"…
Descriptors: Science Instruction, College Science, Undergraduate Study, Organic Chemistry
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Murphy, Kristen; Holme, Thomas; Zenisky, April; Caruthers, Heather; Knaus, Karen – Journal of Chemical Education, 2012
The ability to coherently assess content knowledge throughout an entire undergraduate career represents a significant advantage for programmatic assessment strategies. Chemistry, as a discipline, has an unusual tool in this regard because of the nationally standardized exams from the ACS Exams Institute. These exams are norm-referenced and allow…
Descriptors: College Science, Chemistry, Undergraduate Study, Scientific Concepts
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Holme, Thomas; Murphy, Kristen – Journal of Chemical Education, 2012
To provide tools for programmatic assessment related to the use of ACS Exams in undergraduate chemistry courses, the ACS Exams Institute has built a content map that applies to the entire undergraduate curriculum. At the top two levels, the grain size of the content classification is large and spans the entire undergraduate curriculum. At the…
Descriptors: College Science, Chemistry, Undergraduate Study, Concept Mapping
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Holme, Thomas; Murphy, Kristen – Journal of Chemical Education, 2011
In 2005, the ACS Examinations Institute released an exam for first-term general chemistry in which items are intentionally paired with one conceptual and one traditional item. A second-term, paired-questions exam was released in 2007. This paper presents an empirical study of student performances on these two exams based on national samples of…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Science Tests, College Science, Undergraduate Students
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Knaus, Karen; Murphy, Kristen; Blecking, Anja; Holme, Thomas – Journal of Chemical Education, 2011
The design and use of a valid and reliable instrument for the assignment of cognitive complexity ratings to chemistry exam items is described in this paper. Use of such an instrument provides a simple method to quantify the cognitive demands of chemistry exam items. Instrument validity was established in two different ways: statistically…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Development, Science Instruction