Assessment of Scientific Reasoning: Development and Validation of Scientific Reasoning Assessment Tool
Tsedeke Abate 1 2 * , Kassa Michael 2, Carl Angell 3
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1 Department of Science and Mathematics Education, Addis Ababa University, P. O. Box 1176, Addis Ababa, ETHIOPIA2 Department of Natural Sciences, Hossana College of Teachers Education, P.O. Box 94, Hossana, ETHIOPIA3 Department of Physics, University of Oslo, NORWAY* Corresponding Author


Studies indicate that the failure of science education to meet the needs of the 21st century is to some extent due to the inability to incorporate scientific reasoning and higher order assessments in the school instruction. Though the outcomes of education seek higher-order thinking abilities there is a lack of high ability assessments in low-income nations. This study aimed to develop and validate Scientific Reasoning Progress Tool (SRPT) that measures students’ reasoning abilities. In this study, 40 items were developed, pilot-tested, and administered to 242 students from grade eight. The SRPT was a valid and reliable instrument. It was also found that the reasoning ability of grade 8 students’ is limited to the lower levels of reasoning. It is recommended that further study is essential through the adoption of the framework and the design to develop additional instruments and investigation of the progression of students’ scientific reasoning ability.


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Article Type: Research Article

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, 2020, Volume 16, Issue 12, Article No: em1927

Publication date: 31 Dec 2020

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