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M.Ed on Education and Innovation: EDUGS3: Effective Assessment in Science


In this course participants will develop comprehensive, specialized knowledge of current research and innovations in the development of scientific literacy (content, procedural and epistemic knowledge) and metacognitive skills (planning, monitoring and evaluating). Participants will also learn to synthesise research-informed strategies to assess scientific literacy progression and be able to critically analyse their effectiveness in their own professional practice environments. This specialised knowledge will be further developed by developing a critical awareness of best practice of formative and summative assessment of science concept and skill progression through the development of novel classroom based assessment strategies that also adhere to the relevant UAE standards. Participants will then learn how to critically evaluate assessment and evaluation strategies and how to integrate assessment evidence generated through these strategies into the teaching and learning improvement processes in their professional contexts.


Library Resources

Week 1:

Course Overview

Introduction to Practical work in science:

Making good practical work happen

Investigation Skills: Planning and setting up science investigations in preparation for meaningful assessment.

Required Reading

Week 2

Metacognitive strategies and science assessment

Metacognition and self-regulated learning

Developing metacognitive strategies in science for and through assessment

Required Reading:

Week 3

Analyzing practical activities for learning and assessment potential Does this activity develop conceptual knowledge, investigative skills and epistemic knowledge?

Required Reading:

Week 4:

Assessing inquiry and investigation skills

Procedural and epistemic knowledge.

Required Reading:

Recommended Reading:

Week 5 :

Assessment in Science Education

Required Reading:

Recommended Reading:

Assignment 1 due

Assignment 2 Introduced and explained

Week 6 :

Formative assessment /AfL strategies in Science:

What does a Formative-Assessment Centred Classroom look like? Written and Verbal Feedback linking to effective Success Criteria

Required Reading:

Week 7 :

Formative assessment Strategies in Science:

Self-regulation and metacognition Peer and Self-Assessment

Required Reading:

Week 8 :

Formative assessment Strategies in Science:

Reliability and validity of teacher assessments

Required Reading:

Week 9:

Summative Assessment Strategies in Science

Designing effective tools

Internal and external science exams in the UAE

Preparation for exams

Teacher standards: [here]

UAE inspection framework: [here]

Required Reading:

Week 10 :

Assessment Informed Teaching and Learning

Integrating assessment evidence into teaching and learning improvements.

Required Reading:

Week 11:

Assessment 2 students presentations