Innovative science education assessment : linking theory with practice
Campbell, Coral 2005, Innovative science education assessment : linking theory with practice, in CoSMEd 2005 : International Conference on Science and Mathematics Education : Bridging the theory-practice gap in science and mathematics education: the challenge to change, SEAMEO Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics, Penang, Malaysia, pp. 55-64.
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CoSMEd 2005 : International Conference on Science and Mathematics Education : Bridging the theory-practice gap in science and mathematics education: the challenge to change
International Conference on Science and Mathematics Education
SEAMEO Regional Centre for Education in Science and Mathematics
Place of publication
This paper presents an assessment approach which demonstrates the characteristics of excellent assessment. In a third year Science Education unit in an undergraduate degree in teacher education, assessment is seen as an integral part of the learning process. Learning outcomes are improved for the students and they appreciate the validity of the assessment. Assessment is an important aspect of any unit in higher education but should be seen, not as an end in itself, but rather as a means for educational improvement. Using the assessment task as an illustration, this paper will discuss the theoretical framework of assessment. It will describe how the unit, delivered in a school-based mode, provides opportunity for students to link their theoretical understandings with practical applications, drawing together the academic debates with the first-hand experiences. It will illustrate how the assessment task itself embeds the principles of constructivism and conceptual change models in science education. Finally, the paper will highlight the benefits of this assessment approach with particular reference to the student learning.
Field of Research
130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
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