ERIC Number: ED250185
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983
Reference Count: N/A
Science in Schools, Age 11: Report No. 2. Assessment of Performance Unit.
Harlen, Wynne; And Others
This report presents the methodology and findings of a national survey of the performance of approximately 9,000 11-year-old children in science. Performance was assessed in six categories: (1) symbolic representation (reading information from graphs, tables, and charts); (2) use of apparatus and measuring instruments; (3) observation; (4) interpretation and application; (5) design of investigations; and (6) performance of investigations. In addition, findings related to the nature of and provision for science activities in schools are presented. Overall patterns found were: a higher performance with familiar situations for "observation"; good performance for "symbolic representation" but a wide disparity between forms of such representation; generally good performance for "using apparatus and measuring instruments"; generally good use but often accompanied by poor explanations for "interpreting application"; generalized and partial answers, the most satisfactory types received, for "designing investigations"; and a context-dependent pattern for "performance of investigations." Data on sex differences for these and other categories are also presented and discussed. (Included in appendices are major findings from a similar survey conducted in 1980, the questionnaire used to obtain data on school science activities, and other supporting documentation.) (JN)
Descriptors: Elementary Education, Elementary School Science, Elementary School Students, Laboratory Procedures, National Surveys, Observation, Performance, Process Education, Science Activities, Science Education, Science Experiments, Sex Differences
Assessment of Performance Unit, Department of Education and Science, Elizabeth House, York Rd., London SE1 7PH. Available on loan from the ERIC Clearinghouse for Science, Mathematics, and Environmental Education, 1200 Chambers Rd., 3rd Floor, Columbus, OH 43212.
Publication Type: Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Researchers; Administrators; Practitioners
Authoring Institution: Department of Education and Science, London (England).
Identifiers: Great Britain; Science Education Research