ERIC Number: ED428967
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Mar-25
Developing a Rubric for Assessing Science Process Knowledge in Grades K-6.
Beeth, Michael E.; Pirro, Janice
This paper presents a rubric developed as a continuum for assessing elementary students' science process knowledge. The continuum was designed to capture the growth of an individual student's knowledge of processes that are essential to learning science. The assessment tool is meant to document changes in science processes that are incremental and not easily captured by multiple choice or short answer instruments. Use of the continuum should not require changes in the science curriculum, but feedback from the student assessments can be used to modify instructional strategies. The science process skills identified as necessary for K-6 students include observing, asking questions, naming and classifying objects, attending to details, familiarity with equipment, using resources, rational thinking, and integrating science with other disciplines. The rubric indicates which of the science process skills can be evaluated by a single student-teacher interaction and which should be evaluated after multiple interactions. Additionally, teachers are directed to look for assessment evidence from a variety of sources including observation of a student's behavior, verbal statements, written text, or illustrations. (WRM)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Science Teachers Association (Boston, MA, March 25, 1999).