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ERIC Number: ED417145
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Jan
Pages: 13
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Rubrics: Design and Use in Science Teacher Education.
Luft, Julie
This paper discusses the use of rubrics in a preservice science methods course. Section 1 explains that a rubric is a standard of performance for a defined population. It is also the guidelines laid out for judging student work on performance-based tasks. In science education, it is a purposeful and appropriate construct that articulates varying levels of proficiencies that are congruent with the field of science education. Section 2 discusses the rationale for using rubrics. Rubrics, as one of several alternative assessment options in science teacher education courses, are congruent with professional recommendations for assessment. They can indicate student progress throughout the course; help students become self-directed, reflective practitioners; and provide the instructor with information about the effectiveness of curriculum and instruction and a chance to inquire into aspects of effective practice. Section 3 discusses the use of rubrics in one science methods course. Section 4 examines the benefits and detriments of using rubrics based on the science methods course experience. Benefits include reflective practice by the students and instructor and use of rubrics in students' own classes. Detriments relate to issues of time and the clarity of written criteria within a rubric. (Contains 33 references.) (SM)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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