New Perspectives in Science Education

Edition 13

Accepted Abstracts

Project-based Learning and Assessment Unit Plans

Carol Anne Cao, Texas Tech University (United States)

Shannon Wright Sahabi, Texas Tech University (United States)

Joseph Isaac, Texas Tech University (United States)


Are you ready to incorporate project-based learning (PBL) into your curriculum?  Do you know how to get started? Come join these experienced presenters and learn how to come up with a driving question, how to deconstruct science standards, how to effectively assess through formative and summative methods, how to decide on products and presentation, what to grade (and what not to), how to write and use rubrics, and how to teach those rubrics to students.  Bring a unit that you are ready to transform and leave with a running start for a PBL experience!  This informational session is geared toward beginning and experienced teachers who want to improve their assessment methods, while connecting citizen science and 21st century skills to their current curriculum. Unit plants for both PBL and assessments will be provided and a discussion on how these plans will help with assessment validity and reliability.  In addition, presenters will cover how to tackle the challenges with science standards, including how to connect these standards with IEP goals for students with special needs.

Keywords: Project-based learning, Assessment, 21st century skills;


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