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Pre-/Post-Knowledge Assessment of an Earth Science Course for Elementary/Middle School Education Majors
This article discusses the benefits of experiencing the process of Earth Science through active learning strategies, and how a simple assessment instrument was developed and used to evaluate a specific course in Earth Science for educators. The course itself was broad in scope and designed specifically to fulfill science requirements for elementary and middle-level education majors. The assessment instrument consisted of statements to which students responded true-false or "I don't know." Based on pre- and post-course assessments of 108 education majors who took the class over a period of 5 semesters, the researchers reported an average increase in their content knowledge of 30 percent.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Graduate / Professional
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Assessment / Evaluation
  • Text:
    • Journal article
  • Educational theory and practice
Technical requirements:
Adobe Acrobat reader
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
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DLESE Catalog ID: EVAL-TLKT-000-000-000-110
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Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
Journal of Geoscience Education (JGE)

Author: David C. Gosselin
Nebraska Earth Science Education Network, Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources
University of Nebraska-Lincolin