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ERIC Number: EJ921538
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Mar
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
The Development of a Novel Measure of Scientific Reasoning Growth among College Freshmen: The Constructive Inquiry Science Reasoning Skills Test
Weld, Jeff; Stier, Matt; McNew-Birren, Jill
Journal of College Science Teaching, v40 n4 p101-107 Mar 2011
The development of students' science reasoning abilities is a goal of science education. Researchers measure science reasoning using a variety of instruments, each with limitations and restrictions. In this study, contrasting instructional modes were analyzed for students' science reasoning development over the course of a semester. A novel instrument was developed for this. The Constructive Inquiry Science Reasoning Skills (CISRS) test improves on other reasoning instruments in that it is (a) independent of mathematical or manipulative skills, (b) relevant without being dependent on prior content, (c) easily administered to a large group of students in a short period of time, (d) developmentally appropriate to the user, and (e) discerning of reasoning abilities. Students enrolled in contrasting styles of introductory biology courses were tested using the CISRS test. By this measure, students in the inquiry-based course made encouraging gains in reasoning ability similar to that of their peers in the major course. (Contains 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Assessments and Surveys: Group Assessment of Logical Thinking; Test of Logical Thinking
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