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Abstract Title: A Rubric for Assessing Thinking Skills in Free-Response Exam Problems
Abstract: We designed a rubric to assess free-response exam problems in order to compare thinking skills evidenced in exams in classes taught by different pedagogies. The rubric was designed based on Bloom's taxonomy (revised version) [1-3]. The rubric was then used to code exam problems. We analyzed exams from different sections of the algebra-based physics course taught the same semester by the same instructor with different pedagogies. One section was inquiry-based and the other was taught traditionally. We discuss the instrument, present results and present plans for future research. The inquiry-based students demonstrated all of the thinking skills coded more often than the traditional students.
Abstract Type: Contributed Poster Presentation
Session Time: Poster Session III
Poster Number: 3.C1

Author/Organizer Information

Primary Contact: Fatema Al Salmani
Texas Tech University
Phone: 8067904227
and Co-Presenter(s)
Beth Thacker, Texas Tech University