ERIC Number: EJ924244
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 29
Experienced Teachers' Strategies for Assessing Nature of Science Conceptions in the Elementary Classroom
Akerson, Valarie L.; Cullen, Theresa A.; Hanson, Deborah L.
Journal of Science Teacher Education, v21 n6 p723-745 Oct 2010
This study explored the nature of science (NOS) assessments K-4 classroom teachers developed for measuring students' understandings of NOS elements. We used the Views of Nature of Science Questionnaire-Form VNOS-D2 (Views of Nature of Science Elementary School Version 2) and interviews to verify that teachers' conceptions of NOS were sufficient to enable them to teach and assess NOS. We collected copies of teachers' action research designs, lesson plans, and assessment tools, conducted classroom observations and made field notes of their science instruction and assessments. We videotaped conversations at monthly workshops to note discussion surrounding teaching and assessing NOS in K-4 classrooms. We found that experienced teachers designed a variety of strategies for assessing NOS conceptions that differed by grade level.
Descriptors: Action Research, Scientific Principles, Teacher Collaboration, Science Instruction, Elementary Education, Kindergarten, Grade 1, Grade 2, Grade 3, Grade 4, Questionnaires, Interviews
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Education
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