An Action Research Study to Determine the Feasibility of Using Concept Maps as Alternative Assessments by a Novice Teacher

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/607904
Title:
An Action Research Study to Determine the Feasibility of Using Concept Maps as Alternative Assessments by a Novice Teacher
Authors:
Mitchell, Nancy Smith
Abstract:
This action research study investigated the feasibility of a novice teacher using concept maps as assessments in secondary science classes. The subjects in this study were the researcher, a novice pre-service science teacher, and students (n=35) in two classes of mixed-grade Foundations in Physics and Chemistry. This study tracked student and teacher experiences over an instructional unit in astronomy. All students received a 50- minute lesson on concept mapping, one class received three additional concept mapping lessons during the unit, then all students took a unit test with a paired short answer and concept map question. Student surveys were conducted to gather student feedback, and teacher reflective journaling was used to track teacher data. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The results indicated that the extra concept mapping lessons did not result in higher scores on the concept maps or the paired short answer responses. The teacher journaling revealed that using concept mapping as an assessment tool was possible for a novice teacher. Advantages and barriers were identified.
Affiliation:
Portland State University
Issue Date:
2011
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/607904
Submitted date:
2015-09-29
Document Source:
Dissertation/Thesis
Language:
English Paper
Type Of Resource:
Empirical Research
Empirical Methodology:
Mixed Methods
Learning Environment:
Formal
Subjects:
Middle/Secondary School
Construct:
Content Knowledge General Teaching Strategies
Content:
General/Broad Knowledge of Astronomy Content
Nation:
USA
Appears in Collections:
Astronomy Education Research

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dc.contributor.authorMitchell, Nancy Smithen
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-04T08:57:33Zen
dc.date.available2016-05-04T08:57:33Zen
dc.date.issued2011en
dc.date.submitted2015-09-29en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11290/607904en
dc.description.abstractThis action research study investigated the feasibility of a novice teacher using concept maps as assessments in secondary science classes. The subjects in this study were the researcher, a novice pre-service science teacher, and students (n=35) in two classes of mixed-grade Foundations in Physics and Chemistry. This study tracked student and teacher experiences over an instructional unit in astronomy. All students received a 50- minute lesson on concept mapping, one class received three additional concept mapping lessons during the unit, then all students took a unit test with a paired short answer and concept map question. Student surveys were conducted to gather student feedback, and teacher reflective journaling was used to track teacher data. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The results indicated that the extra concept mapping lessons did not result in higher scores on the concept maps or the paired short answer responses. The teacher journaling revealed that using concept mapping as an assessment tool was possible for a novice teacher. Advantages and barriers were identified.en
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dc.titleAn Action Research Study to Determine the Feasibility of Using Concept Maps as Alternative Assessments by a Novice Teacheren
dc.typeDissertation/Thesisen
dc.contributor.departmentPortland State Universityen
dc.type.resourceEmpirical Researchen
dc.istar.learningenvironmentFormalen
dc.istar.constructContent Knowledge General Teaching Strategiesen
dc.istar.contentGeneral/Broad Knowledge of Astronomy Contenten
dc.istar.nationUSAen
dc.istar.empiricalmethodologyMixed Methodsen
dc.istar.subjectMiddle/Secondary Schoolen
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