Assessment in science education

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Assessment in science education

  1. 1. Assessment for Learning
  2. 2. Evaluation <ul><li>'Evaluation' is placing a value on something - determining whether it is good or bad, whether it is of high or low quality. </li></ul><ul><li>We evaluate both students' learning and our own teaching. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Assessment <ul><li>'Assessment' is measurement of something. Assessment is what provides the evidence that we use to evaluate. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Purposes of Assessment <ul><li>School assessment has a number of purposes. Some of these are socially important but peripheral to real learning, like ranking students to decide who does and does not get a place at university </li></ul><ul><li>Increasingly assessment is also used to judge teacher performance </li></ul>
  5. 5. Assessment for Learning <ul><li>Other purposes of assessment are central to learning </li></ul><ul><li>We want to focus on the use of assessment to promote learning </li></ul>
  6. 6. Summative and Formative <ul><li>'formative' assessment - on-going and is used to both make judgements about students' progress and about the teaching, so that the teaching can be adapted to improve learning. </li></ul><ul><li>'summative' assessment - at the end of a unit or course - 'sums up' what the student has learned. </li></ul><ul><li>Both kinds of assessment are important. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Repertoire <ul><li>Like pedagogy, assessment is a matter of expanding your professional repertoire </li></ul><ul><li>It's not about choosing one, or three, assessment strategies and using them all the time, it's about having a wide variety of possible forms of evidence about the ways in which students are learning </li></ul>
  8. 8. Assessment and Metacognition <ul><li>Ideally, completing assessment tasks or being assessed in other ways (e.g. through teacher observations or conversations) is in itself a learning experience for students rather than something separate </li></ul>
  9. 9. Assessment in Science Education <ul><li>Assessment of scientific knowledge </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment of thinking skills and habits of mind </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment of practical and process skills </li></ul><ul><li>Assessment of beliefs and attitudes? </li></ul>
  10. 10. Performance Assessment <ul><li>Observation of a student completing a task </li></ul><ul><li>Can include 'think-aloud' protocols </li></ul><ul><li>Can include video or photographic evidence </li></ul>
  11. 11. Self and Peer Assessment <ul><li>Students can generate evidence about their own and others' learning </li></ul><ul><li>Learning to make judgements about learning is: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Metacognitive </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Higher order thinking (evaluation) </li></ul></ul>

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