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ERIC Number: EJ832792
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 16
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 34
ISSN: ISSN-0260-2938
The Role of Students' Questions in Aligning Teaching, Learning and Assessment: A Case Study from Undergraduate Sciences
de Jesus, Helena Pedrosa; Moreira, Aurora Coelho
Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, v34 n2 p193-208 Apr 2009
The quality of teaching and learning has been one of the major concerns of foundation chemistry disciplines for science and engineering undergraduates at the University of Aveiro, Portugal. Student-centred approaches are being continuously developed, exploring ways of stimulating active and meaningful student learning by encouraging questioning by students. The development of questioning competences is regarded as fundamental, particularly in science education. In order to reinforce adequate alignment with teaching strategies, a new assessment method was implemented during the academic year of 2004-2005. This study is mainly aimed at exploring the use and integration of students' questions as alternative assessment tools. Written formative and summative problem-based cases were designed for these purposes. The questions raised by students during those assignments were analysed according to their cognitive level, relationship and orientation to the problem posed, herein considered to be quality indicators for learners' questions. The findings suggest a deep engagement of students within these situations along the year, supporting the use of these alternative assessment tools as a way of fostering students' questioning capability. Results also reveal that it is possible to achieve, with students' questions placed at the centre of these processes, alignment between teaching, learning and assessment. (Contains 5 tables and 5 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Portugal