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Framing and assessing scientific inquiry practices

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posted on 01.01.2019, 00:00 authored by Russell TytlerRussell Tytler, Peta WhitePeta White
In this chapter we argue that the focus on STEM as an interdisciplinary construct has placed greater emphasis on the contextual applications of science and mathematics practices. For science, this has resulted in a need to more clearly articu-late the nature of scientific epistemic practice, including supporting and assessing sci-entific inquiry skills. We describe a project that involved the development and trialing of secondary level practical inquiry activities representing contemporary STEM prac-tices and ideas. Teachers and students engaging with these activities were introduced to an inquiry scaffold tool that articulated key features of scientific practices and made explicit how to develop and refine practical work to focus on specific skills. We argue, from this experience with secondary science teachers, the need to develop strategies to focus on these specific practices and the need to develop compatible as-sessment approaches. As examples of how these skills might be assessed in practice, we draw on a separate project in which we refined a set of assessment tasks that sit-uated inquiry skills within engaging contexts and procedures for teachers to make judgments about student performance levels. We outline our experiences of working with teachers with examples of tasks and rubric development.

History

Title of book

Asia-Pacific STEM teaching practices: from theoretical frameworks to practices

Chapter number

11

Pagination

173 - 190

Publisher

Springer

Place of publication

Singapore

ISBN-13

978-981-15-0768-7

Language

eng

Publication classification

B1 Book chapter

Extent

13

Editor/Contributor(s)

Ying-Shao Hsu, Yi-Fen Yeh