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ERIC Number: ED477845
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2003-May
Pages: 45
Abstractor: N/A
Student Improvement in Middle School Science.
Mullen, Yvonne K.
Feedback from assessments should be the foundation for improvements students make in their lab work. Therefore, in this study, a standard rubric that reflected the scientific method was employed as an intervention to assess student lab write-ups. Students preformed three labs all based on consumer research. The first lab was completed without the use of a rubric. The second and third labs were done using the rubric as a guide for the lab write-up. Students also participated in peer editing sessions and self-evaluations of their labs. The use of a rubric and templates helped students achieve high-level performance in the lab work they completed in the classroom. The average score on lab write-ups increased by 17%. The rubric also provided an efficient, effective, and consistent means to assess students' lab write-ups. Evaluation time was reduced by five hours and consistency was documented with inter-rater agreement for the post intervention lab. Overall, the implementation of a standard rubric to assess student lab write-ups increased student success, provided a means to achieve high quality work, and sufficiently reduced evaluation time by the instructor. (Author/SOE)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
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