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In-Service Postgraduate Diploma in Education: EDUB3 : Effective Assessment in Biology


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) in biology contexts.Participants will also learn to synthesise research-informed strategies to assess scientific literacy progression in biology contexts 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 biology 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

Required Reading

Week 2

Required Reading:

Avargil, S., Lavi, R., & Dori, Y. J. (2018). Students’ metacognition and metacognitive strategies in science education. In Cognition, Metacognition, and Culture in STEM Education (pp. 33-64). Springer, Cham.

Tanner, K. D. (2012). Promoting student metacognition. CBE— Life Sciences Education, 11(2), 113-120.

Week 4

Required Reading:

Recommended Reading:

Week 5

Required Reading:

pp 129-154

Recommended Reading:

Routledge. Chapter 1

Week 6


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Week 7

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Week 8

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Week 9

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Week 10


Required Reading:

Week 11


Assessment 2 students presentations

Assessment 2 due


Recommended Readings

Black, P. (2017). Assessment in Science Education. In K. S. Taber & B. Akpan (Eds.), Science Education: An International Course Companion (pp. 295-309). SensePublishers.

Harlen, W. (2007). Assessment of learning. Sage.

Stiggins, R. (2014). Revolutionizing assessment: Engage students, inspire learning. Corwin.

Trumbull, E., & Lash, A. (2013). Understanding formative assessment: Insights from learning theory and measurement theory. WestEd.

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