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The assessment of practical work in school science

Abrahams, Ian and Reiss, Michael and Sharpe, Rachael (2013) The assessment of practical work in school science. Studies in Science Education, 49. pp. 209-251. ISSN 0305-7267. DOI UNSPECIFIED

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This article reviews how practical work, including practical skills, is currently summatively assessed in school science in a number of countries and makes comparisons with how other subjects, such as music and modern foreign languages, summatively assess skills. Whilst practical skills in school science are clearly valued as being of importance, there is a lack of clarity as to what these skills actually are and how they might, most effectively, be validly assessed. Countries vary greatly in the extent to which they employ what we term ‘Direct Assessment of Practical Skills’ (DAPS) or ‘Indirect Assessment of Practical Skills’ (IAPS). Each of these approaches has advantages and disadvantages but we conclude that too great a reliance on IAPS reduces the likelihood that practical work will be taught and learnt as well as it might be.

Item Type: Article
Controlled Keywords: practical skills, practical work, assessment, science
Divisions: IOE Departments > Departments > Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment
Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 20 Feb 2014 11:56
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:07
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