Assessing Science Understanding: A Human Constructivist View

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Overview

Assessing Science Understanding is a companion volume to Teaching Science for Understanding and explores how to assess whether learning has taken place. The book discusses a range of promising new and practical tools for assessment, including concept maps, vee diagrams, clinical interviews, problem sets, performance-based assessments, computer-based methods, visual and observational testing, portfolios, explanatory models, and national examinations.

Audience: Researchers in education and educational psychology; teachers of science at all levels of education.

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Editorial Reviews

Contemporary Psychology
If one is interested in "constructivist" assessment in science, this book is a good resource...
American Biology Teacher
It is difficult to imagine that a reflective teacher who is interested in improving one's practice would not find something of value in these pages...
Booknews
In a companion to educators and scholars in specific disciplines explore how to assess whether students are actually learning the science they are being taught. They discuss a range of tools, including concept maps, vee diagrams, clinical interviews, problem sets, performance-based assessments, computer-based methods, visual and observational testing, portfolios, explanatory models, and national examinations. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From the Publisher
"This is a timely and useful book for science educators or anyone training to use construct-based assessment in an educational setting. Each chapter has references, advanced organizers, and appropriate figures and adequately discusses the cognitive model used with the assessment device and the logic of its use. This high-quality contribution would be a good addition for libraries of schools offering undergraduate and graduate teacher education degrees, and would be particularly useful for science education programs. The companion volume, Teaching Science for Understanding (1998) by the same editors, should also be considered."
—CHOICE

"It is difficult to imagine that a reflective teacher who is interested in improving one's practice would not find something of value in these pages...The success of this project will depend on the extent to which the intended audience is willing to dig into the references, reflect on the lessons within the book, and also reflect on teaching practice as they experiment with ways to improve it. If these books, and others like them, have their intended impact, science education will have a bright future."
—THE AMERICAN BIOLOGY TEACHER

"...a source of excellent information on new and potentially very powerful, research-based assessment strategies for probing student understanding of science."
—PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE

"If one is interested in "constructivist" assessment in science, this book is a good resource..."
—CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780120885343
  • Publisher: Elsevier Science
  • Publication date: 12/1/2004
  • Series: Educational Psychology Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 407
  • Product dimensions: 0.84 (w) x 6.00 (h) x 9.00 (d)

Table of Contents

1 Learning, teaching, and assessment : a human constructivist perspective
2 Assessing science understanding through concept maps
3 Assessing science understanding : the epistemological vee diagram
4 "What do you mean by that?" : using structured interviews to assess science understanding
5 Dialogue as data : assessing students' scientific reasoning with interactive protocols
6 Designing an image-based biology test
7 Observation rubrics in science assessment
8 Portfolios in science assessment : a knowledge-based model for classroom practice
9 SemNet software as an assessment tool
10 Writing to inquire : written products as performance measures
11 The relevance of multiple-choice testing in assessing science understanding
12 National and international assessment
13 On the psychometrics of assessing science understanding
14 Cautionary notes on assessment of understanding science concepts and nature of science
15 Epilogue : on ways of assessing science understanding
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