ERIC Number: ED480977
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Aug
Reference Count: N/A
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)
Descriptors: Check Lists, Competency Based Education, Critical Thinking, Definitions, Educational Policy, Evaluation Methods, Guidelines, Information Technology, Literature Reviews, Performance Based Assessment, Policy Formation, Postsecondary Education, Problem Solving, Questionnaires, Records (Forms), Secondary Education, Student Attitudes, Student Evaluation, Test Construction, Thinking Skills
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: firstname.lastname@example.org; Web site: http://www.ncver.edu.au. For full text: http://www.ncver.edu.au/research/proj/nr2007.pdf.
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Centre for Vocational Education Research, Leabrook (Australia).
Identifiers - Location: Australia