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Criteria-Based Assessment of Knowledge in Biology in Higher Education
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Mathematics and Science Education.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1722-249X
Stockholm University, Faculty of Science, Department of Biology Education.
2019 (English)In: ESERA 2019 The Beauty and Pleasure of Understanding: Engaging with Contemporary Challenges Through Science Education (Proceedings of ESERA 2019) / [ed] Olivia Levrini, Giulia Tasquier, University of Bologna , 2019, p. 1976-1982Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Assessment of knowledge is a key part of all programs. In higher education, the assessment process since 2006 also has had an ambition to be equivalent in Europe through a joint agreement in Bologna. Standards and guidelines for quality assurance are made, for example that criteria for and method of assessment are published in advance to enhance transparency. Course objectives are formulated as student-centered learning outcomes coupled with assessment criteria that describe what the learner is expected to do and to what level. At some Swedish universities, the reform was completed in 2007. A question is thus, how learning outcomes and assessment criteria are expressed in biology courses of today. All course plans and course documents from the academic year 2015/2016 in biology at one university have been collected and categorized according to type of assessment criteria. This study focuses qualitatively expressed assessment criteria, i.e. differences in quality are expressed with words. Three different categories were found. The quality of student answers are assessed as different levels of abilities, different levels of relational complexity or different levels of attributes. Possible knowledge taxonomies affecting the criteria are discussed as well as the lack of critical analysis of assessment practice in higher education courses. The influence of view of knowledge is highlighted and differences in preconditions for knowing in different sub disciplines. Consequences for teaching and learning and possible solutions are raised.

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University of Bologna , 2019. p. 1976-1982
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biology, higher education, assessment criteria
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Science Education
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-190483ISBN: 978-88-945874-0-1 (electronic)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:su-190483DiVA, id: diva2:1529911
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ESERA European Science Education Research Association, Bologna, Italy, 26-30 August, 2019
Available from: 2021-02-19 Created: 2021-02-19 Last updated: 2022-02-25Bibliographically approved

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