Monitoring the Teaching — Learning Process via an Entropy Based Index

  • Vijay A. Singh
  • Praveen Pathak
  • Pratyush Pandey
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The concept of entropy is central to thermodynamics, statistical mechanics and information theory. Inspired by Shannon’s information theory we define an entropy based performance index (S p ) for monitoring the teaching-learning process. Our index is based on item response theory which is commonly employed in psychometrics and currently in physics education research. We propose a parametrization scheme for distractor curve.We have carried out a number of surveys to see the dependence of S p on student’s ability, peer instruction and collaborative learning. Our surveys indicate that S p plays a role analogous to entropy in statistical mechanics, with student’s ability being akin to inverse temperature, peer instruction to an ordering (magnetic) field and collaborative learning to interaction.


Item Response Theory Collaborative Learning Ability Level Ability Student Entropy Index 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vijay A. Singh
    • 1
  • Praveen Pathak
    • 1
  • Pratyush Pandey
    • 2
  1. 1.Homi Bhabha Centre for Science Education (TIFR)MumbaiIndia
  2. 2.Department of Electrical EngineeringIITKanpur, U.P.India

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