Knowledge surveys consist of a set of questions that cover the full breadth of content and levels of inquiry within a course. Students typically complete the survey at the beginning, middle, and end of the course, indicating their perceived ability to answer questions about selected course concepts and content. A knowledge survey may also be modified to include a smaller set of questions for use between exams. It follows that Knowledge Surveys may be used to evaluate the effectiveness of new pedagogies and any impact they have on students' acquisition of content knowledge. They may also be used by academic departments to evaluate curricula.
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