Assessing Scientific Reasoning

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Assessing Scientific Reasoning
Assessment Day 2011
Scientific Reasoning
Objective Questions
Model in Practice: Scientific Reasoning
• General Education Program Learning Outcome: Students
will be able to use processes, procedures, data or evidence
to solve problems and make effective decisions.
• Target Courses: All General Education Science Courses
• Course Level Performance Indicator:
Students will be able to assess scientific reasoning in
current (~2 years) science news stories.
Scientific Reasoning
Objective Questions
Blue Handout
Model in Practice: Scientific
Reasoning

All Gen. Education Science Courses (2009-2011)
• College-wide assessment available to all students enrolled
– Spring term Gen. Ed. Science courses (8574 students/150
course sections)
– ClassClimate Survey Tool using scanable paper and online
response options
– 1950 students participated (onsite)
Anwser Distribution for All Surveys Combined
60.0%
50.0%
40.0%
30.0%
20.0%
10.0%
0.0%
Q1
Q2
Q3
Q4
A
21.1%
36.9%
14.9%
23.3%
B
13.2%
19.1%
15.5%
24.9%
C
18.5%
27.5%
15.9%
51.8%
D
47.3%
16.4%
53.7%
0.0%
Q1 Answer Distribution (by Campus)
60.0%
50.0%
40.0%
30.0%
20.0%
10.0%
0.0%
A
EC
21.2%
OC
22.4%
WC
20.9%
WP
13.21%
B
13.6%
9.3%
15.0%
7.55%
C
19.5%
20.4%
16.3%
26.42%
D
45.7%
48.0%
47.8%
52.83%
Q2 Answer Distribution (by Campus)
45.0%
40.0%
35.0%
30.0%
25.0%
20.0%
15.0%
10.0%
5.0%
0.0%
A
EC
35.2%
OC
38.3%
WC
37.3%
WP
41.5%
B
19.7%
16.4%
20.6%
11.3%
C
26.9%
28.0%
27.2%
37.7%
D
18.2%
17.4%
15.0%
9.4%
Q3 Answer Distribution (by Campus)
60.0%
50.0%
40.0%
30.0%
20.0%
10.0%
0.0%
A
EC
15.9%
OC
14.4%
WC
14.2%
WP
17.0%
B
15.1%
13.4%
16.6%
18.9%
C
17.1%
15.4%
15.4%
15.1%
D
51.9%
56.9%
53.9%
49.1%
Q4 Answer Distribution (by Campus)
60.0%
50.0%
40.0%
30.0%
20.0%
10.0%
0.0%
A
EC
21.1%
OC
21.4%
WC
25.6%
WP
30.2%
B
26.4%
26.7%
23.5%
15.1%
C
52.5%
51.9%
50.9%
54.7%
D
0.0%
0.0%
0.0%
0.0%
Q1 Answer Distribution (by Discipline)
100.0%
90.0%
80.0%
70.0%
60.0%
50.0%
40.0%
30.0%
20.0%
10.0%
0.0%
A
AST
15.4%
BOT
12.5%
BSC
21.5%
CHM
24.6%
ESC
16.9%
GLY
0.0%
MCB
18.5%
MET
22.4%
OCE
9.1%
B
7.7%
4.2%
13.4%
14.6%
13.0%
0.0%
10.3%
19.7%
9.1%
C
17.3%
16.7%
20.2%
17.1%
26.0%
0.0%
12.4%
10.5%
18.2%
D
59.6%
66.7%
44.9%
43.6%
44.2%
100.0%
58.8%
47.4%
63.6%
Q2 Answer Distribution (by Discipline)
70.0%
60.0%
50.0%
40.0%
30.0%
20.0%
10.0%
0.0%
A
AST
38.5%
BOT
33.3%
BSC
33.5%
CHM
40.9%
ESC
37.7%
GLY
0.0%
MCB
48.9%
MET
36.8%
OCE
54.5%
B
17.3%
12.5%
20.6%
22.6%
14.3%
33.3%
12.4%
11.8%
18.2%
C
28.8%
33.3%
28.3%
22.9%
32.5%
66.7%
24.5%
35.5%
9.1%
D
15.4%
20.8%
17.6%
13.6%
15.6%
0.0%
14.2%
15.8%
18.2%
Q3 Answer Distribution (by Discipline)
60.0%
50.0%
40.0%
30.0%
20.0%
10.0%
0.0%
A
AST
17.3%
BOT
4.2%
BSC
16.0%
CHM
15.4%
ESC
13.0%
GLY
0.0%
MCB
14.3%
MET
13.2%
OCE
9.1%
B
13.5%
12.5%
15.4%
16.8%
19.5%
33.3%
19.5%
14.5%
9.1%
C
13.5%
25.0%
16.4%
15.4%
9.1%
33.3%
51.9%
19.7%
27.3%
D
55.8%
58.3%
52.2%
52.5%
58.4%
33.3%
14.3%
52.6%
54.5%
Q4 Answer Distribution (by Discipline)
80.0%
70.0%
60.0%
50.0%
40.0%
30.0%
20.0%
10.0%
0.0%
A
AST
13.2%
BOT
4.2%
BSC
25.3%
CHM
14.8%
ESC
27.5%
GLY
33.3%
MCB
18.5%
MET
25.3%
OCE
9.1%
B
11.8%
20.8%
27.0%
19.9%
22.5%
0.0%
17.7%
21.8%
9.1%
C
43.4%
75.0%
47.8%
43.7%
46.3%
66.7%
63.8%
40.2%
27.3%
D
31.6%
0.0%
0.0%
21.6%
3.8%
0.0%
0.0%
12.6%
54.5%
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