ERIC Number: ED342652
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1991
Reference Count: N/A
Science Assessment in the Service of Reform.
Kulm, Gerald, Ed.; Malcom, Shirley M., Ed.
Assessment has become the focal point of debates about the purpose, shape, and control of American education. This book presents material that can be used to make assessment a tool for the meaningful reform of school science. Basic guidelines are provided for the various systems of assessment used. The book includes concrete examples of current assessment practice and innovation in science classrooms, in local and state assessment programs, and in the development of standardized tests. Finally, recommendations are made for future policy and research directions for science and mathematics assessment and test development. Part 1 of this volume addresses the policy agenda that affects the resources available for reform, the direction of reform, the purposes of reform, and the targets of reform. The role of assessment in structural reform, control of testing, and equity issues in assessment are also discussed. Part 2 addresses the issue of science assessment and curriculum reform. Part 3 reviews some of the alternative modes of assessment being explored by researchers and practitioners in the United States and in Europe. Eleven examples from the field of science education, including elementary, secondary, and preservice teacher education, are appended. (KR)
Descriptors: Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Equal Education, Portfolios (Background Materials), Preservice Teacher Education, Science Education, Student Evaluation, Testing
American Association for the Advancement of Science Books, P.O. Box 753, Waldorf, MD ($24.95 plus $4.00 postage/handling).
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Books
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: American Association for the Advancement of Science, Washington, DC.