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Title: Assessing students’ reflective responses to chemistry-related learning tasks
Authors: Tan, Kok Siang
Goh, Ngoh Khang
Keywords: Affective science education
Chemistry Learning and Thinking Instrument (CLTI)
Inclination-to-reflect
Reflective learning
Issue Date: Sep-2008
Citation: Paper presented at the 34th Annual Conference of the International Association of Educational Assessment (IAEA) on “Re-interpreting Assessment Society, Measurement and Meaning”, Cambridge, United Kingdom, 7 – 12 September 2008
Abstract: Key to renewed concern on the affective domain of education (Fensham, 2007) and on school graduates’ readiness for a world of work (DEST, 2006; WDA, 2006) is the student’s inclination-to-reflect when engaged in a learning or problem-solving task. Reflective learning and assessment are not new to education (Dewey, 1933; Ellis, 2001). Since the inclination-to-reflect may not be strong even for adults at work (Seibert & Daudelin, 1999), what more can educators expect from school students? This paper presents part of a research on secondary school students’ inclination-to-reflect while engaged in chemistry learning tasks. The instrument used is the three-part Chemistry Learning and Thinking Instrument, or CLTI. The first part seeks to characterize students’ inclination-to-reflect while attempting chemistry learning tasks and the other parts aim to characterize their learningthinking preferences in the subject. This paper shares the construction of the learning tasks and how students’ reflective responses to these tasks are encouraged, scored and analyzed. Since assessment is said to drive teaching and learning, an alternative form of assessment, such as these CLTI items, may help students become more reflective in their learning habits and hence more adaptable to the world of work.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10497/16353
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