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Rubrics in Teaching Assessment

R.Berry (2002) Rubics in teaching assessments: In CMS Workshop Lectures, Vol. 11, Teaching Clay Science, A. Rule and S. Guggenheim, eds. The Clay Mineral Society, Aurora, CO, 59-69.

Richard W. Berry
Richard W. Berry
Department of Geological SciencesSan Diego State UniversitySan Diego, CA 92182-1020, USA
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January 01, 2002


Science professors at colleges and universities are being faced with new terminology and types of assessment more familiar to their colleagues in colleges of education and public school systems. Objective test instruments such as exams and quizzes will remain powerful assessment tools in colleges and universities, especially when supplemented with term papers, lab reports and homework. Professors will continue to evaluate, correct, or grade these assessment vehicles and decide, on the bases both of objective scoring and more subjective professional judgment, whether the effort was worthy of a passing or failing grade. New types of assessment tools are being introduced to determine the effectiveness of instructional methods and curricula in achieving desired educational outcomes. Some of these tools, including scoring rubrics, can be used effectively both for assessment of educational programs and evaluation of quality of individual student work. Public school (K-12) assessment procedures have evolved to where they are today as a result of national concerns about educational quality in the sciences that are discussed in two important documents, the Benchmarks for Scientific Literacy (American Association for the Advancement of Science, 1993) and the National Science Education Standards (National Research Council, 1996). Professors are now being exposed to content standards, curriculum frameworks, learning outcomes, and performance assessment. Professors teaching clay science can learn much about these from their colleagues in university departments and colleges of education and from their public school colleagues, while helping them with the science subject-matter requirements now mandated for primary, middle and high schools programs.

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Clay Minerals Society Workshop Lectures

Teaching clay science

Audrey C. Rule
Audrey C. Rule
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Stephen Guggenheim
Stephen Guggenheim
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Clay Minerals Society
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January 01, 2002




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