ERIC Number: ED358160
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Mar
Reference Count: N/A
Assessment of Student Learning in Science.
Smith, Laura M.; And Others
As part of a series of documents describing assessment of student learning in various curriculum areas in South Carolina, this document reviews the assessment of student learning in the science classroom. The report begins with a discussion of effective science learning, and outlines the knowledge, skills, and dispositions that encompass science education. Reform efforts currently underway to transform school science are described. Alternative methods of assessment that support curriculum and instruction and promote exemplary science learning are explored, and a brief summary of activities in science assessment in selected states is provided. Performance assessments that are discussed include: (1) performance tests and tasks; (2) open-ended questions; (3) student journals; and (4) computer simulations. Portfolios and concept maps are other forms of authentic assessment that are discussed. Appendix A presents an example of a hands-on science assessment, and Appendix B presents a problem and a concept map. (SLD)
Descriptors: Academic Achievement, Alternative Assessment, Computer Simulation, Curriculum Development, Educational Assessment, Educational Change, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Methods, Hands on Science, Performance Based Assessment, Portfolios (Background Materials), Science Achievement, Science Education, State Programs, Student Evaluation, Student Journals
South Carolina Center for Excellence in the Assessment of Student Learning, College of Education, University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC 29208.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: South Carolina Commission on Higher Education, Columbia.
Authoring Institution: South Carolina Univ., Columbia. South Carolina Center for Excellence in the Assessment of Student Learning.
Identifiers - Location: South Carolina