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

Bellocchi, A., King, D.T. and Ritchie, S.M. (2010) Assessing students in senior science: An analysis of questions in contextualised chemistry exams. In: 1st International Conference of STEM in Education 2010, 26 - 27 November 2010, Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane

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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 preliminary 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 theory, practice, curriculum and assessment-development in context-based courses are proposed.

Publication Type: Conference Paper
Copyright: 2010 The Authors
Conference Website: http://stemconference.com.au/
URI: http://researchrepository.murdoch.edu.au/id/eprint/21379
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