Active Assessment for Science: Thinking, Learning and Assessment in Science


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Stuart Naylor
Other authors: 
Brenda Keogh
Published 2004 | David Fulton Publishers | 162pages

A wealth of quick and simple formative assessment strategies for teaching science.


Developed as part of Brenda Keogh and Stuart Naylor’s Active Assessment project that has transformed assessment in classrooms in the UK and beyond, this resource uses a highly creative approach to integrate assessment and learning in science lessons. This book provides useful information on the relationship between assessment and learning. This book and CD-ROM pack is full of resources for teaching science. 32 different strategies are illustrated in more than 60 black & white activity sheets in the book which are prefect for photocopying. Interactive, colourful versions of each activity are on the CD. Activities on the CD can be printed out or used on an interactive whiteboard. They can also be used individually by students, and completed on screen.

Each of the 32 different strategies includes at least two variations. The first example is aimed at younger, less able children. The second example is aimed at older, more able students. Each example can be customised to be simpler, more challenging, or cover a different area of the curriculum. This makes the book and CD an infinite source of resources for teaching science. All of the activities engage children and promote debate to develop their existing ideas. They are deliberately designed to make children talk. This happens with minimal support, giving the teacher time to successfully assess what the children are saying. This is a set of resources for teaching science that encourages learning and assessment.