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Assessing students in senior science: an analysis of questions in contextualised chemistry exams

Bellocchi, Alberto, King, Donna T., & Ritchie, Stephen M. (2011) Assessing students in senior science: an analysis of questions in contextualised chemistry exams. In Lee, Kar Tin, King, Donna T., Hudson, Peter B., & Chandra, Vinesh (Eds.) Proceedings of the 1st International Conference of STEM in Education 2010, Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics in Education Conference, Brisbane, Australia.

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Abstract

This study explores the development of a coding system for analysing test questions in two context-based chemistry exams. We describe our unique analytical procedures before contrasting the data from both tests. Our findings indicate that when a new curriculum is developed such as a context-based curriculum, teachers are required to combine the previously separate domains of context and concept to develop contextualised assessment. We argue that constructing contextualised assessment items requires teachers to view concepts and context as interconnected rather than as separate entities that may polarise scientific endeavour. Implications for practice, curriculum and assessment-development in context-based courses are proposed.

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ID Code: 46065
Item Type: Conference Paper
Keywords: assessment, context-based, chemistry, science education
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > CURRICULUM AND PEDAGOGY (130200) > Curriculum and Pedagogy Theory and Development (130202)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > EDUCATION (130000) > SPECIALIST STUDIES IN EDUCATION (130300) > Education Assessment and Evaluation (130303)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Curriculum
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Education
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2011 please consult the authors
Deposited On: 21 Sep 2011 11:02
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2013 00:19

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