Assessing Science Understanding: A Human Constructivist View

Paperback | December 7, 2004

byJoel J. MintzesEditorJames H. Wandersee, Joseph D. Novak

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Recent government publications like "Benchmarks for Scientific Literacy" and "Science for all Americans" have given teachers a mandate for improving science education in America. What we know about how learners construct meaning--particularly in the natural sciences--has undergone a virtual revolution in the past 25 years. Teachers, as well as researchers, are now grappling with how to better teach science, as well as how to assess whether students are learning. Assessing Science Understanding is a companion volume to Teaching Science for Understanding, and explores how to assess whether learning has taken place. The book discusses a range of promising new and practical tools for assessment including concept maps, vee diagrams, clinical interviews, problem sets, performance-based assessments, computer-based methods, visual and observational testing, portfolios, explanatory models, and national examinations.

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Recent government publications like "Benchmarks for Scientific Literacy" and "Science for all Americans" have given teachers a mandate for improving science education in America. What we know about how learners construct meaning--particularly in the natural sciences--has undergone a virtual revolution in the past 25 years. Teachers, as...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:407 pages, 9 × 6 × 0.68 inPublished:December 7, 2004Publisher:Academic PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0120885344

ISBN - 13:9780120885343

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"This is a timely and useful book for science educators or anyone training to use construct-based assessment in an educational setting." -CHOICE "If these books, and others like them, have their intended impact, science education will have a bright future." -THE AMERICAN BIOLOGY TEACHER "...a source of excellent information on new and potentially very powerful, research-based assessment strategies..." -PUBLIC UNDERSTANDING OF SCIENCE "If one is interested in "constructivist" assessment in science, this book is a good resource..." -CONTEMPORARY PSYCHOLOGY