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  Session: Introductory Courses II
  Paper Type: Contributed
  Title: Scratcher (IFAT) Forms for Conceptual Test Questions in Introductory Courses
  Meeting: 2015 Summer Meeting: College Park, Maryland
  Location: N/A
  Time: 1:30PM
  Author: Nicole Ackerman, Agnes Scott College
4044715627, nackerman@agnesscott.edu
  Co-Author(s): None
  Abstract: Using conceptual multiple choice questions on tests is advantageous in a class where significant class time is spent on conceptual "clicker questions" and there is limited time available for tests. The Immediate Feedback Assessment Technique (IFAT) answer form was implemented as a way to provide partial credit for correct second choices. Ideally, this method provides better grade differentiation between those who genuinely do not know the material and those who are stuck between two answers or who have misread the question. This was used over thee semesters of a calculus-based physics sequence. Student response was largely positive, but increases in test anxiety were reported, especially when the technique was not introduced at the beginning of the semester.
  Footnotes: None
  Presentation: ackerman_talk_gc04.pdf

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