Formative Assessment Probes: Uncovering Students’ Ideas About Inherited Traits

by: Page Keeley

This column focuses on promoting learning through assessment. This month’s issue discusses the “Baby Mice” probe, which is designed for middle and high school students, but it can be used with grades 3–5 to elicit students’ initial ideas about how offspring acquire their traits, without expecting an explanation of the genetic mechanism.

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Type Journal ArticlePub Date 2/1/2018Stock # sc18_055_06_20Volume 055Issue 06

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