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Abstract Title: Assessments that Analyze Students' Reasoning on Written Exam Questions
Abstract: As part of a study on the science preparation of elementary school teachers, we investigated students' reasoning skills in courses with inquiry-oriented teaching strategies and their counterparts in traditional courses. Inspired by a revision of Bloom's taxonomy [1] and Neiswandt and Bellomo's [2] conceptual structure classification method, we developed assessments that would classify different levels and qualities of indications of students' reasoning ability. The assessment tools are methods of analyzing extended written questions which based on a protocol that can define the question's level of abstraction, knowledge types and cognitive processes. Along with the protocol, we developed a rubric that allowed us analytically examine students' responses through several different lenses. This approach is being test with a large amount of data that were collected nationwide from 20 different universities.  Our initial findings indicate varying results about students' reasoning abilities.
Abstract Type: Gallery Session Poster
Poster Gallery Session: Moving Beyond Conceptual Inventories

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Mojgan Matloob Haghanikar
Kansas State University
and Co-Presenter(s)
Sytil Murphy, Kansas State University
Dean Zollman, Kansas State University