Assessing Scientific Inquiry

by: Erin Peters

Assessing student-led, open-ended scientific inquiry holds a unique problem for classroom teachers because of the diverse skills and content that emerge from student work. This article provides tangible strategies for teachers to assess divergent student-generated inquiry in a manner that is manageable for teachers, informative for students, and that demonstrates measurable academic growth. By developing a culture of assessment as information, planning lessons that allow open-ended communication, and establishing tangible criteria for scientific thinking, teachers can be well informed about student growth.


Type Journal ArticlePub Date 1/1/2008Stock # ss08_031_05_27Volume 031Issue 05

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