Insights & Outcomes
Assessments for Great Explorations in Math and Science
Written by Jacqueline Barber, Lincoln
Bergman, Jan M. Goodman, Kimi Hosoume, Linda Lipner, Cary I. Sneider,
and Laura Tucker
This GEMS handbook offers coherent, accessible
strategies for use with the entire GEMS series--and for the assessment
of activity-based science and math in general. While assessment
methods and their uses can be controversial, the need to gauge student
learning and improve teaching is evidentÖand of growing concern
Insights & Outcomes is designed
to help teachers and educators assess student learning progress
in activity-based science and mathematics, as well as evaluate the
effectiveness of their own curricula and teaching methods. Thirteen
strategies, using 17 detailed case studies, are described as they
directly relate to a wide variety of assessment activities in GEMS.
They include actual student work and employ many evaluation techniques.
An opening section describes and comments on "a year in the
life of" two fictional teachers as they grapple with ways to
assess GEMS activities and hands-on, minds-on math and science in
The second section of the handbook describes four to six student
learning outcomes (objectives) for every GEMS Teacher's Guide. This
is a complete, guide-by-guide assessment resource for the entire
GEMS series to date, and includes built-in assessment activities
and additional ideas for each unit.
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