Conference proceedings article


Lab Work As An Everyday Assessment Tool






Publication Details
Authors:
Di Fuccia, D.
Editor:
The Clute Institute
Publisher:
The Clute Institute
Place:
Littleton
Publication year:
2017
Pages range:
135-1 - 135-12
Book title:
ISEC Conference Proceedings 2017
ISBN:
ISSN 1539-8757
eISBN:
ISSN 2157-9660
Languages:
English

Abstract


 The variability of teaching methods in school chemistry education increased considerably in the last years, aiming at



developing cognitive skills of higher order like decision-making rather than making students memorize chemical facts.



In spite of this the assessment tools used remain mostly the same: paper and pencil tests which often focus on



encyclopaedic chemical knowledge. Thus there is a gap between the quality of teaching and the ways of testing. It



therefore seems feasible to develop new assessment tools that focus on broader fields of competence. Lab activities



offer possibilities for learning in important fields of competence and are of great importance in school chemistry



teaching. The integration of typical, complex procedures of science such as finding an hypothesis, planning and



conducting an experiment and interpreting data is the reason for promotion inquiry-based learning in science and



should be an argument for using lab-work as assessment-instrument, too. Therefore it is interesting how lab activities



can be used as assessment-instrument in everyday chemistry lessons and which effects such a use will have.



To answer these questions teachers and chemistry educators collaboratively developed and tested different ways to



use students’ lab work as assessment-instrument. A number of useful approaches, such as different types of modified



experimental instructions, arose, that can easily be created based on existing teaching material. The ways, in which



teachers can produce these instruments were collected, described and published nationally and internationally.



Experiences with such assessment-instruments show that they provide teacher with important additional information



and change the attitude of students and teachers towards experimenting.




Keywords
Action Research, Assessment, Diagnosis, Inquiry Based Learning, Lab Work

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