Publication details for Ros RobertsR. Gott & R. Roberts (2004). A written test for procedural understanding: a way forward for assessment in the UK science curriculum? Research in Science & Technological Education 22(1): 5-21.
- Publication type: Journal Article
- ISSN/ISBN: 0263-5143, 1470-1138
- DOI: 10.1080/0263514042000187511
- Keywords: Scientific literacy, Science 14–19, Testing.
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A recent UK House of Commons report on Science 14-19 identified problems with coursework and argued for a greater emphasis on teaching and assessment of scientific literacy. This paper describes a written test for procedural understanding, given to 15 year olds, that addresses both of these issues. Comparisons are made between the scores on a written test of procedural understanding with both assessments made of subject knowledge and pupil accounts of investigations. The potential advantages of assessing procedural understanding by written tests are discussed.
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