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Differences in eighth graders’ strategies in performance assessment tasks
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Toh, K. A., & Ho, B. T.(1999). Differences in eighth graders’ strategies in performance assessment tasks. In S. P. Loo (Ed.), Proceeds of the MERA-ERA Joint conference 1999: Educational Challenges in the New Millennium (pp. 410-415). Malacca, Malaysia.
Using an eclectic of student interviews, observational techniques as well as written
reports, the problem-solving strategies of 9 eighth graders, who were carrying out TIMSS-type
performance assessment tasks (scientific investigations), were studied. The participants
individually worked to find a solution to a task and provided details of his/her work in a written
form. Simultaneously a trained researcher, on a one-to-one basis, recorded on a checklist every
action taken by the participant. The participant was also interviewed at the end of the task to
enable the researcher to clarify any missing links/doubts concerning a particular action. Twelve
activities, constituting procedural and cognitive actions, performed by the participants are
identified and described. The performance in these activities by the better students is compared
with those of the weaker ones.
This paper was published in the 1999 Proceedings of the MERA-ERA Joint Conference held at Malacca, Malaysia from 1-3 December 1999
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