ERIC Number: EJ681280
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004-May
A Written Test for Procedural Understanding: A Way Forward for Assessment in the UK Science Curriculum?
Roberts, Ros; Gott, Richard
Research in Science and Technological Education, v22 n1 p5-21 May 2004
A recent UK House of Commons report on Science 14-19 identified problems with coursework and argued for a greater emphasis on teaching and assessment of scientific literacy. This paper describes a written test for procedural understanding, given to 15 year olds, that addresses both of these issues. Comparisons are made between the scores on a written test of procedural understanding with both assessments made of subject knowledge and pupil accounts of investigations. The potential advantages of assessing procedural understanding by written tests are discussed.
Descriptors: Science Curriculum, Scientific Literacy, Science Education, Scores, Foreign Countries, Secondary School Students, Comparative Analysis, Science Tests, Science Process Skills
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Secondary Education
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