Technology-Enhanced Formative Assessment

developed by: Ian D. Beatty & William J. Gerace

Level
 
middle schoolhigh schoolintro collegeinter-mediateupper levelgrad school   other


 Intro College Calculus-based
calc based
 Intro College Algebra-based
alg based
 Intro College Conceptual
conceptual

Topics
Mechanics  Electricity / Magnetism  Waves / Optics  Thermal / Statistical  Modern / Quantum +3
Setting
Lecture - Large (30+ students)  Lecture - Small (<30 students)  Recitation/Discussion Session  Lab  Studio


What? A pedagogy for using clickers to accomplish highly interactive, student-centered science instruction, focusing on using provocative, meaty questions to engage students in extended whole-class discussion as a context and vehicle for learning.

Example materials

 

Student skills developed

Designed for:
  • Conceptual understanding
  • Making real-world connections
Can be adapted for:
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Metacognition

Instructor effort required

  • Medium

Resources required

  • Clickers / polling method
  • Projector

Intro Article: I. Beatty and W. Gerace, Technology-enhanced formative assessment: A research-based pedagogy for teaching science with classroom response technology, J. Sci. Educ. Tech. 18 (2), 146 (2009).
RESEARCH VALIDATION
Research-based
This is the lowest level of research validation, corresponding to at least one of the validation categories below.

Research Validation Summary

Based on Research Into:

  • theories of how students learn
  • student ideas about specific topics

Demonstrated to Improve:

  • conceptual understanding
  • problem-solving skills
  • lab skills
  • beliefs and attitudes
  • attendance
  • retention of students
  • success of underrepresented groups
  • performance in subsequent classes

Studied using:

  • cycle of research and redevelopment
  • student interviews
  • classroom observations
  • analysis of written work
  • research at multiple institutions
  • research by multiple groups
  • peer-reviewed publication

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