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The design of an algebra concept inventory

Hyland, Diarmuid orcid logoORCID: 0000-0003-3787-5153, O'Shea, Ann orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-8504-2290, Breen, Sinéad orcid logoORCID: 0000-0001-7215-0460, Nolan, Brien orcid logoORCID: 0000-0002-9356-6833 and van Kampen, Paul (2021) The design of an algebra concept inventory. In: MEI 7, 15-16 October 2021, Dublin, Ireland.

In this paper, we report on the development of an Algebra Concept Inventory (ACI) intended for students transitioning from second- to third-level education. We begin by outlining the work done on concept inventories to date before describing some of the guiding principles of interdisciplinary design teams. Our methodology for developing the ACI is detailed in a step-by-step manner including the formation of the design team, defining the parameters of the ACI, shortlisting items, and piloting. The iterative design process resulted in a 31-item preliminary ACI. We conclude by highlighting aspects of how the interdisciplinary team functioned throughout the process before outlining some potential uses of the ACI which was rolled out during Semester 2 of the 2020-2021 academic year to all higher education institutions (HEIs) in Ireland. The ACI is available for interested practitioners upon request.
Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Event Type:Conference
Uncontrolled Keywords:concept inventory; instrument design
Mathematics > Algebra
DCU Faculties and Centres:DCU Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Science and Health > School of Mathematical Sciences
Research Institutes and Centres > Centre for Assessment Research, Policy and Practice in Education (CARPE)
Published in: Kingston, Mary and Grimes, Paul, (eds.) Proceedings of the Eighth Conference on Research in Mathematics Education in Ireland. . Dublin City University.
Publisher:Dublin City University
Official URL:https://doi.org/10.5281/zenodo.5637051
Copyright Information:© 2021 The Authors
ID Code:29489
Deposited On:24 Jan 2024 14:08 by Sinead Breen . Last Modified 24 Jan 2024 14:08

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