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Assessing Student Understanding in Science
A Standards-Based K-12 Handbook

Second Edition


© 2009 | 216 pages | Corwin

"In this second edition, Enger and Yager expand their previous work by suggesting new assessments and more clearly connecting their assessments with the National Science Education Standards. For classroom teachers, this book offers a range of suggestions that can enhance instruction. For science teacher educators, this book is an invaluable and handy resource in working with beginning, new, or experienced science teachers."
—Julie A. Luft, Professor of Science Education
Arizona State University

Create and customize assessments to determine student understanding in six domains of science!

Carefully designed assessments can give teachers the information they need to improve instruction and help students meet educational goals and objectives. This updated resource offers a multifaceted approach to measure what students know and can do as a result of their learning experiences.

Assessing Student Understanding in Science provides educators with essential methods to best assess student proficiency and performance in science. The authors provide an extensive collection of strategies and examples for elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. Aligned with national science standards, the book includes:

  • Criteria to measure student progress in six critical domains of science—concepts, processes, applications, attitude, creativity, and the nature of science
  • Strategies to evaluate your teaching practice, such as action research, video recordings, and journaling
  • Information about using formative assessments to inform teaching
  • Methods for assessing student work using portfolios, self-evaluations, and rubrics
  • An introduction to using science notebooks as assessment tools

With the proven frameworks in this book, teachers can build customized assessments to meet instructional needs and prepare students to succeed in science.

 
Preface
 
Acknowledgments
 
About the Authors
 
1. A Framework for Assessing Student Understanding in Science
Assessment Based on Six Domains of Science  
I. Conceptual Domain  
II. Process Domain  
III. Application Domain  
IV. Attitude Domain  
V. Creativity Domain  
VI. Nature of Science Domain  
Assessment Approaches Aligned With the Six Domains  
 
2. Assessment in the Contexts of Teaching
Planning Instruction and Assessment  
What Assessment Is  
Formative and Summative Assessment  
Assessment Types and Approaches  
National Science Education Assessment Standards  
Implementing Assessment Guidelines  
The Internet as an Assessment Resource  
 
3. Evaluating Teaching Practice
Action Research  
Assessment of Classroom Practice With Video Recording Support  
Sources of Instrumentation for Assessing Practice  
Self-Assessment of Constructivist Practice  
Science-as-Inquiry Surveys  
 
4. Rubrics and Scoring Guides
Rubrics and Scoring Guides: What Are They?  
Rubric Construction: A Teacher's Perspective  
Rubric or Scoring Guide Design  
Examples of Tasks and Rubrics  
How Well Does a Rubric Communicate the Original Task?  
 
5. Science Notebooks
Science Notebooks: Formative and Summative Assessment Tools  
Notebook Scaffolds  
Assessment Components for Notebooks  
Supporting Graphing Skills and Abilities  
 
6. Assessment Examples for All Grade Levels
Open-Ended Questions (Integrates Domains)  
Student Laboratory Environment Inventory (Integrates Domains)  
Ideas for Assessing in the Application Domain  
Observation Checklist (Integrates Domains)  
Use of Application-Level Multiple-Choice Questions  
Examples for the Creativity Domain  
Assessing Attitudes, Preferences, and Processes  
 
7. Assessment Examples for Grades K Through 4
Applying Process Skills and Experimental Design  
Application Assessment Items for Grades K Through 3  
Assessing Attitudes About Science  
Student Self-Assessment  
Assessing Perceptions About Scientists  
 
8. Assessment Examples for Grades 5 Through 8
Developing a Group Performance Task  
Preparation for Standardized Tests  
Electronic Portfolios for Students  
Structuring Peer Assessment for Cooperative Groups  
Class Assessment of Group Project Presentations  
 
9. Assessment Examples for Grades 9 Through 12
Using the Student Laboratory Environment Inventory  
Looking at Science Processes  
Assessing Specific Areas of Understanding  
Assessing Students' Views of the Scientific Process  
 
Glossary of Assessment-Related Terminology
 
References
 
Index

“In this second edition, Enger and Yager expand their previous work by suggesting new assessments and more clearly connecting their assessments with the National Science Education Standards. For classroom teachers, this book offers a range of suggestions that can enhance classroom instruction. For science teacher educators, this book is an invaluable and handy resource in working with beginning, new, or experienced science teachers.”

Julie A. Luft, Professor of Science Education
Arizona State University

"This valuable contribution to the field offers clear explanations and examples of different types of assessments and suggests very practical applications for teachers of all levels. The authors present some wonderfully creative approaches to assessment, going beyond the usual methods."

Petrina McCarthy, Science Teacher
Robert McQueen High School, Reno, NV

"The material enables readers to self-assess on many levels: their own understanding of assessment in general, how assessment looks within the science content, and the many different applications. The coverage appeals to science teachers at all levels and all disciplines."

Rachel Hull, Fourth-Grade Teacher
Buffalo Elementary School, WV

"Does an exceptional job of addressing the most controversial and misunderstood aspect of delivering quality science instruction. The six domains of quality science teaching are addressed with examples of what is included in each. The book clearly describes various types of assessments, with the advantages and disadvantages of each. It also provides numerous references on asessing students in science."

Fred D. Johnson, Retired Superintendent
Cordova, TN

“Drawing on the latest research, best practices, and the wisdom of practitioners from all levels of the education spectrum, this powerful, comprehensive document pinpoints and prioritizes our work to ensure a foundation for all classroom applications of assessments. This is an invaluable resource for educators, K-12."

Jack Rhoton, Executive Director, Center of Excellence in Mathematics and Science Education
Professor of Science Education, East Tennessee State University

"This text offers information regarding the theory and real-world applications of a variety of assessments that can be used to address the unique standards of science education. The text addresses the need to assess all six domains of science literacy and offers tried-and-true methods and instruments that can be used to assess each domain. It does so by providing definitions of each domain and offering specific suggestions as to how the results can be used across the range of levels in our schools. The text is a wonderful collection of science-specific assessment information that can be used by those of us interested in assessing students and conducting research in K-12 science education."

David A. Wiley, Dean, College of Education and Human Services
Lenoir-Rhyne University

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