ERIC Number: EJ1133072
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Mar
Reference Count: 19
Performance-Based Assessment in the Secondary STEM Classroom
Potter, Barry S.; Ernst, Jeremy V.; Glennie, Elizabeth J.
Technology and Engineering Teacher, v76 n6 p18-22 Mar 2017
Educators understand that the current assessment-based standards are not going away anytime soon. Performance based assessments (PBAs) are an effective way of determining the level of student learning that has occurred in a lesson. While some multiple-choice tests tend to only assess the memorization of factual knowledge, PBAs focus on higher-level cognitive abilities that integrate and demonstrate an understanding of multiple subjects (Baker, 1997). Educational psychologists are proponents of PBAs, citing that students learn better in a situation referred to as "constructive cognition," where students actively construct new knowledge. (Mayer, 1996). This article discusses the use of performance-based assessments in a pilot study conducted in four science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) high schools in North Carolina.
Descriptors: Performance Based Assessment, STEM Education, Pilot Projects, High School Students, Secondary School Students, Thinking Skills, Technology Education, Engineering Education, Teaching Methods, Science Education, Mathematics Education, Technology Integration, Integrated Activities
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: North Carolina