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ERIC Number: EJ1174012
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018-Mar
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0269-2465
Supporting the Teaching and Assessment of Working Scientifically
Mepsted, James
Primary Science, n2018 p19-20 Mar 2018
The author created a project aimed to develop and implement the assessment of working scientifically (WS) skills at Victoria Park Primary School. The author had previously identified a gap in the curriculum coverage and assessment of WS skills and his goal was to address the lack of provision for assessing children's WS skills and raise the confidence of teachers in assessing these skills. Having raised the profile of science in the school he felt it necessary to develop further support for teaching and assessing the WS skills. As part of Teacher Assessment in Primary Science (TAPS) 'Responsive Teaching,' ongoing formative assessment should include: 'Teachers gather[ing] evidence of their pupils' learning through study of the products of activities and tasks' and the author felt that the TAPS Focused Assessments could help to do this. In this article, the author considers a range of strategies that help to support the teaching of working scientifically within schools and lead to effective assessment.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: United Kingdom (Bristol)
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A