Development of a Three-Tier Test to Assess Misconceptions About Simple Electric Circuits

Pesman H., ERYILMAZ A.

JOURNAL OF EDUCATIONAL RESEARCH, vol.103, no.3, pp.208-222, 2010 (SSCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 103 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2010
  • Doi Number: 10.1080/00220670903383002
  • Journal Indexes: Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.208-222
  • Keywords: physics education, misconceptions, three-tier tests, simple electric circuits, STUDENTS MISCONCEPTIONS, CONCEPTIONS, INSTRUMENT, KNOWLEDGE, GENDER
  • Middle East Technical University Affiliated: Yes


The authors aimed to propose a valid and reliable diagnostic instrument by developing a three-tier test on simple electric circuits. Based on findings from the interviews, open-ended questions, and the related literature, the test was developed and administered to 124 high school students. In addition to some qualitative techniques for establishing the validity, some quantitative techniques were also used. Consequently, Cronbach's alpha reliability coefficient was estimated for the test as .69, and results revealed that the test scores could be a valid and reliable measure of students' qualitative understanding of simple electric circuits.