Assessing understanding of the most important concepts and tasks in a course at the beginning and end of the course, allows instructors to determine what students know when they start the course and how much they learned in the course. Students’ prior knowledge could be correct, incomplete and/or faulty. If prior knowledge is faulty (misconceptions) students might resist or ignore new information that conflicts with it. Pre-/post-testing also allows instructors to determine what misconceptions students come with and how much conceptual change happens during a module or a course.
- Design and administer the same test at the beginning and end of a module or course. Include questions that will bring to the surface common misconceptions students have on the content covered.
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