I submit that the CCI, like the FCI, can be used as a clear comparison tool for teaching methods, but it is not designed to test all the concepts and techniques that are used in a calculus course. Only a subset. I submit that it is a critically important subset that is usually NOT tested, but it does not pretend to test everything that a student must learn in calculus.
On 1/25/2012 6:53 AM, Robert Hansen wrote: > > And my point is simply that since it isn't a comprehensive assessment > of Calculus then it cannot be used to compare the effectiveness of IE > to non IE classes. The only way to make a useful comparison between IE > and non IE is to use a comprehensive exam. There is a lot more to > owning calculus (or physics) than owning an inventory of basic > principles. My impression of IE is that it works better in first year > terminal classes than traditional methods that are geared toward full > ownership. In other words, if someone is trying to be a nurse but has > to take calculus (because the college says so) as their last ever math > class, then IE might be a useful alternative to a real calculus class > that is geared towards students that actually need and use calculus. > > Bob Hansen > > On Jan 25, 2012, at 1:01 AM, Jerome Epstein wrote: > > > There is no claim that the CCI is a comprehensive test of ability or > > skill in calculus. It is no replacement for a final exam. All questions > > are designed as Conceptual Understanding, and only of the most basic > > principles of Calculus I. > > [Non-text portions of this message have been removed] > >
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