Developing statics knowledge inventories

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Following the lead of the physics community, engineering faculty have recognized the value of good assessment instruments for evaluating the learning of their students and to evaluate changes in teaching. As a result, significant efforts are underway to develop engineering subject assessment tools. These efforts have focused on developing "concept" inventories for determining student understanding of the subject's fundamental concepts. But for most engineering subjects, concepts are closely linked to "skill" components. However, concept inventory developers appear to have relied on a "I know it when I see it" approach when distinguishing between a concept and a skill. In this paper, a cognitive psychology-based taxonomy of declarative and procedural knowledge is discussed in relation to knowledge assessment in the engineering education literature. This foundation can be used to help distinguish concepts from skills and guide question construction. In addition, the paper describes the process used and resulting delineation of important statics' concept and skill statements. An ongoing Delphi process to refine the inventory of these statements, validating their form, and establishing their relative importance by a broad group of subject matter experts is described.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)F3G-15-F3G-19
JournalProceedings - Frontiers in Education Conference, FIE
StatePublished - Dec 1 2004
Event34th Annual Frontiers in Education: Expanding Educational Opportunities Through Partnerships and Distance Learning - Conference Proceedings, FIE - Savannah, GA, United States
Duration: Oct 20 2004Oct 23 2004


  • Assessment
  • Concept inventories
  • Engineering mechanics
  • Statics

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications


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