Interactive computer assessment and analysis of students’ ability in scientific modeling
Jing Lin 1 * , Letong Zhang 1 , Wenting Wei 1 , Ping-Han Cheng 2 , Chun-Yen Chang 3 4
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1 Collaborative Innovation Center of Assessment for Basic Education Quality, Beijing Normal University, Beijing, CHINA2 Department of Science Education, National Taipei University of Education, Taipei City, TAIWAN3 Science Education Center, Graduate Institute of Science Education and the Department of Earth Sciences, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei City, TAIWAN4 Department of Biology, Universitas Negeri Malang, INDONESIA* Corresponding Author


Scientific modeling (SM) is a core scientific practice and critical for students’ scientific literacy. Previous research has not used interactive computer assessment to investigate students’ SM ability. This study aimed to explore an effective way in human-computer interaction to reveal the challenges faced by students in the four-element process of constructing, using, evaluating, and revising models. Contextualized in the solar system, eleven interactive tasks assessed 419 students in grades 4, 7, and 10. Results indicated that “model evaluation” and “model revision” were more difficult for students than “model construction” and “model use.” Grade significantly predicted students’ SM ability (p<.001). The interaction with re-answer according to feedback promoted students’ in-depth reflection and performance in SM. Findings of the study may provide a basis for improving students’ SM ability.


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Article Type: Research Article

EURASIA J Math Sci Tech Ed, Volume 18, Issue 12, December 2022, Article No: em2194

Publication date: 05 Dec 2022

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