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Brandriet, Alexandra; Reed, Jessica J.; Holme, Thomas – Journal of Chemical Education, 2015
The release of the "NRC Framework for K-12 Science Education" and the "Next Generation Science Standards" has important implications for classroom teaching and assessment. Of particular interest is the implementation of science practices in the chemistry classroom, and the definitions established by the NRC makes these…
Descriptors: Investigations, Test Format, Item Analysis, Science Tests
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Holme, Thomas – Journal of Chemical Education, 2014
Two different versions of "big ideas" rooted content maps have recently been published for general chemistry. As embodied in the content outline from the College Board, one of these maps is designed to guide curriculum development and testing for advanced placement (AP) chemistry. The Anchoring Concepts Content Map for general chemistry…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Advanced Placement, Curriculum Development, Curriculum Evaluation
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Knaus, Karen; Murphy, Kristen; Blecking, Anja; Holme, Thomas – Journal of Chemical Education, 2011
The design and use of a valid and reliable instrument for the assignment of cognitive complexity ratings to chemistry exam items is described in this paper. Use of such an instrument provides a simple method to quantify the cognitive demands of chemistry exam items. Instrument validity was established in two different ways: statistically…
Descriptors: Chemistry, Cognitive Processes, Cognitive Development, Science Instruction