- Student preconceptions should be minimal, with so little exposure to the course and/or instructor.
- Students immediately get acclimated to the policy that all assessment in this course starts promptly.
- Students who come in a few minutes late (usually lost in locating the classroom) do not interrupt lecture time, and can usually make up the few minutes lost in taking the pre-instruction surveys.
- Students who are trying "crash" the course can be given something to do while the instructor resolves their enrollment status.
Astronomy 10 pre-instruction surveys:
- SPCI: Stellar Properties Concept Inventory
Bailey, J. M. (2006), "Development of a concept inventory to assess students' understanding and reasoning difficulties about the properties and formation of stars," unpublished doctoral dissertation, University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ.
- SATA: Student Attitudes Towards Astronomy
Zeilik, M., & Morris, V. J. 2003, "An Examination of Misconceptions in an Astronomy Course for Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Majors," Astronomy Education Review, 2(1), 101.
- FCI: Force Concept Inventory
D. Hestenes, M. Wells, and G. Swackhamer, Arizona State University, "Force Concept Inventory," Phys. Teach. 30, 141-158 (1992).
- MPEX: Maryland Physics Expectations Survey
E. F. Redish, J. M. Saul, and R. N. Steinberg, "Student Expectations in Introductory Physics," American Journal of Physics, 1998, 66(3).