Creating a Tool to Measure Student Learning of Food-Energy-Water Concepts

Chelsie Romulo
Assistant Professor
University of Northern Colorado

Concept inventories are validated assessments designed to evaluate student understanding of concepts and learning. No valid and reliable concept inventory currently exists for interdisciplinary environmental programs. The overall objective of this research is to develop and test a Next Generation Concept Inventory (NGCI) assessment tool that includes interdisciplinary, systems-level concepts related to the Food-Energy-Water (FEW) Nexus using short answer written response items. This presentation introduces the need for an interdisciplinary concept inventory, describes the initial steps in concept inventory development, and presents preliminary data from a content analysis of environmental course materials and semi-structured student interviews.