Assessment techniques for a learning-centered curriculum: evaluation design for adventures in supercomputing

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As the classroom paradigm shifts from being teacher-centered to being learner-centered, student assessments are evolving from typical paper and pencil testing to other methods of evaluation. Students should be probed for understanding, reasoning, and critical thinking abilities rather than their ability to return memorized facts. The assessment of the Department of Energy`s pilot program, Adventures in Supercomputing (AiS), offers one example of assessment techniques developed for learner-centered curricula. This assessment has employed a variety of methods to collect student data. Methods of assessment used were traditional testing, performance testing, interviews, short questionnaires via email, and student presentations of projects. The ... continued below

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Helland, B. & Summers, B.G. September 1, 1996.

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As the classroom paradigm shifts from being teacher-centered to being learner-centered, student assessments are evolving from typical paper and pencil testing to other methods of evaluation. Students should be probed for understanding, reasoning, and critical thinking abilities rather than their ability to return memorized facts. The assessment of the Department of Energy`s pilot program, Adventures in Supercomputing (AiS), offers one example of assessment techniques developed for learner-centered curricula. This assessment has employed a variety of methods to collect student data. Methods of assessment used were traditional testing, performance testing, interviews, short questionnaires via email, and student presentations of projects. The data obtained from these sources have been analyzed by a professional assessment team at the Center for Children and Technology. The results have been used to improve the AiS curriculum and establish the quality of the overall AiS program. This paper will discuss the various methods of assessment used and the results.

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OSTI as DE96011947

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  • 26. frontiers in educaiton annual conference, Salt Lake City, UT (United States), 6 Nov 1996

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  • Other: DE96011947
  • Report No.: CONF-961139--1
  • Grant Number: AC05-96OR22464;W-7405-ENG-82
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 395601
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc684763

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Helland, B. & Summers, B.G. Assessment techniques for a learning-centered curriculum: evaluation design for adventures in supercomputing, article, September 1, 1996; Tennessee. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc684763/: accessed September 26, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.