ERIC Number: EJ1081787
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Dec
Abstractor: As Provided
Embedded Formative Assessment and Classroom Process Quality: How Do They Interact in Promoting Science Understanding?
Decristan, Jasmin; Klieme, Eckhard; Kunter, Mareike; Hochweber, Jan; Büttner, Gerhard; Fauth, Benjamin; Hondrich, A. Lena; Rieser, Svenja; Hertel, Silke; Hardy, Ilonca
American Educational Research Journal, v52 n6 p1133-1159 Dec 2015
In this study we examine the interplay between curriculum-embedded formative assessment--a well-known teaching practice--and general features of classroom process quality (i.e., cognitive activation, supportive climate, classroom management) and their combined effect on elementary school students' understanding of the scientific concepts of floating and sinking. We used data from a cluster-randomized controlled trial and compared curriculum-embedded formative assessment (17 classes) with a control group (11 classes). Curriculum-embedded formative assessment and classroom process quality promoted students' learning. Moreover, classroom process quality and embedded formative assessment interacted in promoting student learning. To ensure effective instruction and consequently satisfactory learning outcomes, teachers need to combine specific teaching practices with high classroom process quality.
Descriptors: Foreign Countries, Formative Evaluation, Educational Quality, Classroom Techniques, Elementary School Students, Elementary School Science, Scientific Concepts, Science Curriculum, Randomized Controlled Trials, Experimental Groups, Control Groups, Educational Practices, Cognitive Processes, Scientific Literacy, Hypothesis Testing, Grade 3, Professional Development, Workshops, Science Tests, Data Analysis, Multiple Regression Analysis, Instructional Effectiveness, Monte Carlo Methods
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
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Identifiers - Location: Germany