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Assessments as Teaching and Research Tools in an Environmental Problem-Solving Program for In-Service Teachers
This article discusses the use of a scenario-based assessment tool in two environmental geoscience in-service programs for middle school and high school teachers. This tool served both to guide instructional techniques and as a method to evaluate the success of the instructional approach. In each case, participants were assessed before the workshops to reveal misconceptions that could be addressed in program activities and afterwards to reveal shifts in their understanding of concepts and approaches. The researchers noted that this scenario-based assessment was effective in providing guidance in refining instructional techniques and as a method to evaluate the effectiveness of an instructional program. In addition, participating teachers reported significant changes in their teaching as a result of the program.
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  • Graduate / Professional
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  • For the classroom:
    • Assessment / Evaluation
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    • Journal article
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  • Educational theory and practice
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DLESE Catalog ID: EVAL-TLKT-000-000-000-108
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Publisher: National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
Journal of Geoscience Education (JGE)
http://www.nagt.org/nagt/jge/index.html

Author: Barbara C. Cooper
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Purdue University

Author: Daniel P. Shepardson
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
Purdue University

Author: Jonathan M. Harber
Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences
Purdue University