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ERIC Number: EJ1041409
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-May
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0047-231X
Development of an Instrument to Assess Student Knowledge Necessary to Critically Evaluate Scientific Claims in the Popular Media
Strimaitis, Anna M.; Schellinger, Jennifer; Jones, Anthony; Grooms, Jonathon; Sampson, Victor
Journal of College Science Teaching, v43 n5 p55-68 May 2014
Students need to learn how to engage in several scientific practices in order to be considered proficient in science. Many of these practices are needed to evaluate scientific claims made in the popular media. Yet, there are few instruments available that science educators can use to assess whether students can apply what they know about scientific practices in order to critique scientific media reports. In response to the need for valid, reliable, and informative assessments of knowledge of scientific practices that are not embedded in complex scientific content, an instrument was developed and validated over two iterations. This assessment satisfied construct, content, face, concurrent, and discriminant validity checks for different undergraduate student populations, and the item analysis demonstrated that each item was informative for this subset of the general population. This instrument will allow instructors to compare student performance across space and time, promoting and supporting research on the teaching and learning of scientific practices.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A