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Children's Environmental Attitudes & Social Knowledge Scale (CHEAKS)

Measures children's global attitudes and knowledge about environmental issues, such as animals, energy, pollution, recycling, water, and general issues.
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36 5-point-scale items (addressing attitude) & 30 multiple-choice questions (addressing knowledge) 5-point scale (for attitude questions) Initial study (grades 6-7) Subsequent studies (grade 8) Engagement, Attitude, Content <p> Attitude statement:<br/> I have asked my family to recycle some of the things we use. <br/> <br/> Knowledge statement:<br/>…
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Average Review: 3 (3.7)
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Discovery Inquiry Test in Science (DIT)

Measures students' ability to analyze and interpret data, extrapolate from one situation to another, and utilize conceptual understanding.
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29 multiple choice items (11 focusing on life science, 8 on physical science, 6 on earth and space science, and 4 on the nature of science); 20 items involve solving problems or conducting inquiry. NA Initial study: 6th-8th graders Content, Competence <p>A small animal with dry skin and no legs that hatches from an egg is probably</p> (a) a snake<br> (b)…
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Average Review: 4 (4.0)
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Exploring Physics Confidence Survey

This evaluation instrument was developed for Exploring Physics, an extra curricular program for 5-7 grade students, with a focus on female students. It is part of an NSF funded program entitled Promoting Young Women in the Physical Sciences.
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6 closed-ended questions 9 point Likert 5-7 grade girls Attitude, Content <p>1. You are given blocks and weights and asked to build a tower like the one in the picture. Do…
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Average Review: 3 (3.0)
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National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) Science Assessment Instrument

Evaluates students' knowledge of three fields of science (earth, physical, and life), three elements of knowing and doing science (conceptual understanding, scientific investigation, and practical reasoning), and two overarching domains in science (the nature of science and themes-systems, models, and patterns-present in science).
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Multiple choice, short constructed response questions, and extended constructed response questions NA 4th, 8th and 12th grade students Attitude, Content, Competence, Career <b>4th Grade</b><br> List four ways that the Earth is different from the moon. <p><b>8th Grade</b><br> What property of water is…
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Average Review: 5 (5.0)
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Views about Science Survey (VASS)

Probes personal beliefs about the nature of science within 3 scientific dimensions (structure, methodology, and validity of science) and learning science within 3 cognitive dimensions (learnability, reflective thinking, and personal relevance of science).
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30 multiple choice items (13 related to scientific dimensions, 17 related to cognitive dimensions) set up as contrasting alternatives design (CAD) 5-point scale (most a, rarely b; more a than b; equally a & b; more b than a; mostly b, rarely a) 8th-16th graders Engagement, Attitude, Content, Competence Learning physics requires:<br> (a) a serious effort.<br> (b) a special talent.<br> <table> <tr> <td>&#9474;</td> <td>1</td> <td>&#9474;</td> <td>2</td> <td>&#9474;</td> <td>3</td> <td>&#9474;</td>…
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Average Review: 4 (4.0)
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Views of Nature of Science Questionnaire (VNOS-D)

Assesses students' views about the empirical, tentative, inferential, and creative and imaginative nature of science, as well as the distinction between observation and inference.
Assessment Type Scale Respondent Domain(s) Evaluated Sample Item(s)
7 open-ended questions, along with an individual interview NA 6th graders Content, Competence What do you think a scientific model is?
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Average Review: 4 (4.0)
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Views on Science-Technology-Society (VOSTS)

"Monitors" students' views concerning the epistemological, social & technological aspects of science.
Assessment Type Scale Respondent Domain(s) Evaluated Sample Item(s)
catalogue of 114 multiple choice questions NA Initial study: 11th and 12th grade students Attitude, Content, Competence <p>There seems to be two kinds of people, those who understand science and those who understand the arts (for example,…
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Average Review: 3 (3.0)
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