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ERIC Number: EJ941002
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Aug
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 43
ISSN: ISSN-0021-9584
Qualitative Assessment of Inquiry-Based Teaching Methods
Briggs, Michael; Long, George; Owens, Katrina
Journal of Chemical Education, v88 n8 p1034-1040 Aug 2011
A new approach to teaching method assessment using student focused qualitative studies and the theoretical framework of mental models is proposed. The methodology is considered specifically for the advantages it offers when applied to the assessment of inquiry-based teaching methods. The theoretical foundation of mental models is discussed, and the framework described in detail, with examples from preliminary experimental results. It is argued that the application of this methodology provides a more learner focused approach to assessing a teaching activity, which provides more detail about the relevant cognitive processes used by the student and is a better guide for improving the activity. (Contains 1 table.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A