Title: Authentic Assessment Using Biology Lab Practicals
Url: http://www.ableweb.org/volumes/vol-34/v34reprint.php?ch=16
Author: Kathy Winnett-Murray
Lori Hertel
Author's Address: Hope College, Department of Biology, MI
Email Address: winnetmurray@hope.edu
Description: Authentic assessment tasks use real world contexts and are aligned with the assessment and content standards we create (Doran et al., 1998). In the context of gathering data to better understand the strengths and weaknesses of student learning (Angelo and Cross, 1993), the assessment cycle that the instructor employs becomes directly analogous to the process that scientists themselves employ in scientific research (D’Avanzo, 2000). Biology laboratory practicals present a great opportunity to authentically assess individual student achievement of laboratory and field skills and, where multiple lab sections characterize the institution, lend themselves well to the collection and analysis of data on student learning. Yet, lab practicals seem to have become less common over the past few decades while science education reform, and most of our colleges and universities, have indicated an increasing need for documenting our assessment strategies over the same time period.
Keywords: assessment
lab practical
Topic: Teaching Tools and Techniques
BEN Subject/Discipline Taxonomy: Teaching Tools and Techniques
Learning Resource Type: Laboratory exercise (DCMI Type Vocabulary)
Context: Undergraduate lower division 13-14
Format: pdf
Access Rights: This resource is open access.
Rights: http://www.ableweb.org/copyright-policy/
Conference Location & Year: University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill (2012)
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