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Cultural And Linguistic Influences On The Force Concept Inventory: A Preliminary Study

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2003 Annual Conference


Nashville, Tennessee

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June 22, 2003

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June 22, 2003

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June 25, 2003



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Tools of Teaching and Learning

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8.350.1 - 8.350.12



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Saleh Al Hashimi

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Colm Mealy

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Barbara Olds

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Ronald Miller

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Session 1531

Cultural and Linguistic Influences on the Force Concept Inventory: A Preliminary Study

Colm Mealy1, Saleh Al Hashemi 1, Barbara M. Olds2∗and Ronald L. Miller2 1 Petroleum Institute in Abu Dhabi/ 2Colorado School of Mines


The Force Concept Inventory (FCI) is one of the earliest and most widely used concept tests in physics.1, 2 According to its authors, this multiple choice assessment tool is “designed to assess student understanding of the most basic concepts in Newtonian mechanics.” David Hestenes, developer of the FCI, and his colleagues have published widely about its use as have others, most notably Richard Hake, who has collected and published summaries of thousands of FCI data points from schools in the USA.3

As collaborators in a recent partnership between the Colorado School of Mines (CSM) and the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC) to establish the Petroleum Institute (PI) in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, the authors of this paper have worked together to:

1) develop an Arab-language version of the FCI 2) administer it, along with a modified version of the standard 1995 English version, to students at the Petroleum Institute 3) compare the results from the English and Arabic versions at the Petroleum Institute 4) compare the results from students at the PI to results from students taking Physics I at the Colorado School of Mines, and 5) analyze all of the results.

This paper includes a preliminary analysis of our results as well as suggestions for further study.

The CSM-PI Partnership

At the request of the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company (ADNOC), the Colorado School of Mines has been retained to provide academic leadership required to design, start up, and operate the Petroleum Institute (PI), a world-class educational institution dedicated to educating engineers for the oil and gas industry. When it is fully operational the PI will offer undergraduate and graduate degrees in five programs:

• chemical engineering • petroleum engineering ∗ Contact author: Barbara M. Olds, Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs, Colorado School of Mines, Golden, CO 80401, , 303-273-3827. Proceedings of the 2003 American Society for Engineering Education Annual Conference & Exposition Copyright © 2003, American Society for Engineering Education

Al Hashimi, S., & Mealy, C., & Olds, B., & Miller, R. (2003, June), Cultural And Linguistic Influences On The Force Concept Inventory: A Preliminary Study Paper presented at 2003 Annual Conference, Nashville, Tennessee. 10.18260/1-2--12584

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