ERIC Number: ED512044
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Sep
Reference Count: 0
How to Assess Higher-Order Thinking Skills in Your Classroom
Brookhart, Susan M.
Don't settle for assessing recall and comprehension only when you can use this guide to create assessments for higher-order thinking skills. Assessment expert Susan M. Brookhart brings you up to speed on how to develop and use test questions and other assessments that reveal how well your students can analyze, reason, solve problems, and think creatively. Her practical framework takes you through the steps of: (1) Identifying clearly the type of thinking that you want to assess; (2) Designing a task or test item that requires students to demonstrate the type of thinking you're looking for; (3) Determining how to interpret, evaluate, or score the results; and (4) Providing the right kind of materials to help students demonstrate their thinking. Discover how to make an assessment blueprint for any grade or subject that includes multiple-choice and constructed-response (essay) items plus performance assessment tasks. Whether you want to create formative or summative assessments, this book has what you need to create well-designed assessments that can bring thinking out of your students' heads and make it visible in their words and actions. This book contains six chapters: (1) General Principles for Assessing Higher-Order Thinking; (2) Assessing Analysis, Evaluation, and Creation; (3) Assessing Logic and Reasoning; (4)Assessing Judgment; (5) Assessing Problem Solving; and (6) Assessing Creativity and Creative Thinking. An introduction, afterword, and list of references are also included.
Descriptors: Test Items, Performance Based Assessment, Thinking Skills, Cognitive Processes, Student Evaluation, Educational Assessment, Evaluation Methods, Test Construction, Scoring, Educational Testing
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
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