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ERIC Number: ED480977
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Pages: 96
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
ISBN: ISBN-1-74096-167-6
The Authentic Performance-Based Assessment of Problem Solving.
Curtis, David; Denton, Rob
A new authentic performance-based approach to assessing problem solving was developed for use in vocational education and other programs in Australia. The process of developing the problem-solving assessment instrument and process included the following phases: (1) exploration of the theoretical conceptions of problem solving; (2) identification of five major component processes in problem solving; (3) formulation of sets of indicators for each of the five processes; and (4) description of sets of performance levels for each indicator. A study of the problem-solving assessment instrument established its reliability in assessing problem-solving performance across a range of tasks within the Electronics and Information Technology program at Torrens Valley Institute of Technical and Further Education. The instrument worked well in a validation study undertaken in Torrens Valley Institute's Certificate IV in Workplace Assessment and Training course. The new assessment processes that were used in the trial of the problem-solving assessment instrument, which involved both self-assessment and lecturer validation, not only led to assessment of the key competency of problem solving but also to its development among participants. (Twenty-seven tables/figures are included. The bibliography lists 86 references. The following items are appended: consent and personal details forms; an outline of the problem-solving assessment procedure; the problem-solving inventory; the problem-solving assessment instrument; and student evaluation comments.) (MN)
National Centre for Vocational Education Research, 252 Kensington Road, Leabrook, South Australia 5068, Australia (Cat. no. 1316; Web only). Tel: 08 8333 8400; Fax: 08 8331 9211; e-mail:; Web site: For full text:
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia