A Written Test for Procedural Understanding: A Way Forward for Assessment in the UK Science Curriculum?
Research in Science & Technological Education Volume 22, Number 1, ISSN 0263-5143
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.
Roberts, R. & Gott, R. (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.