Title

Experienced Teachers' Strategies for Assessing Nature of Science Conceptions in the Elementary Classroom

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

8-3-2010

Department

Curriculum & Instruction

Abstract

This study explored the nature of science (NOS) assessments K-4 classroom teachers developed for measuring students' understandings of NOS elements. We used the Views of Nature of Science Questionnaire-Form VNOS-D2 (Views of Nature of Science Elementary School Version 2) and interviews to verify that teachers' conceptions of NOS were sufficient to enable them to teach and assess NOS. We collected copies of teachers' action research designs, lesson plans, and assessment tools, conducted classroom observations and made field notes of their science instruction and assessments. We videotaped conversations at monthly workshops to note discussion surrounding teaching and assessing NOS in K-4 classrooms. We found that experienced teachers designed a variety of strategies for assessing NOS conceptions that differed by grade level. © 2010 The Association for Science Teacher Education, USA.

DOI

10.1007/s10972-010-9208-x

First Page

723

Last Page

745

Publication Title

Journal of Science Teacher Education

Comments

At the time of publication, Theresa A. Cullen was affiliated with University of Oklahoma.

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