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Setting the Scope of Concept Inventories for Introductory Computing Subjects

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ACM Transactions on Computing Education Volume 10, Number 2, ISSN 1946-6226


A concept inventory is a standardized assessment tool intended to evaluate a student's understanding of the core concepts of a topic. In order to create a concept inventory it is necessary to accurately identify these core concepts. A Delphi process is a structured multi-step process that uses a group of experts to achieve a consensus opinion. We present the results of three Delphi processes to identify topics that are important and difficult in each of three introductory computing subjects: discrete mathematics, programming fundamentals, and logic design. The topic rankings can not only be used to guide the coverage of concept inventories, but can also be used by instructors to identify what topics merit special attention. (Contains 10 figures.)


Goldman, K., Gross, P., Heeren, C., Herman, G.L., Kaczmarczyk, L., Loui, M.C. & Zilles, C. (2010). Setting the Scope of Concept Inventories for Introductory Computing Subjects. ACM Transactions on Computing Education, 10(2),. Retrieved March 30, 2020 from .

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