ERIC Number: ED418100
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Dec
Feasibility of Machine Scoring of Concept Maps.
O'Neil, Harold F., Jr.; Klein, Davina C. D.
This report documents progress at the Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing (CRESST) on the feasibility of scoring concept maps using technology. CRESST, in its integrated simulation approach to assessment, has assembled a suite of performance assessment tasks (the integrated simulation) onto which they have mapped the types of learning expected of students. One element of the integrated simulation is an online concept mapping construction and scoring system. A concept map is a graphical representation of information consisting of nodes and labeled lines. The nodes correspond to concepts in a subject area or domain, and lines indicate a relationship between pairs of concepts. Concept mapping software has been developed to permit students to construct concept maps and to provide real-time scoring and feedback to students based on an expert's map. An expert criterion map is used to score students' concept maps. CRESST has also studied the viability of using collaborative concept mapping in a networked computer environment as an assessment tool. Ongoing research suggests that both types of concept map use are promising. A feasible solution for schools without extensive computer resources is suggested through computerized scoring of paper-and-pencil administered concept maps. Several technologies for this purpose that CRESST has explored are described. (Contains 2 tables, 3 figures, and 12 references.) (SLD)
Publication Type: Numerical/Quantitative Data
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: National Center for Research on Evaluation, Standards, and Student Testing, Los Angeles, CA.