Assessment Methods

Assessing Skill in Problem Solving
Assessment Type Description Objective Implementation
Problem Recognition Tasks Provide examples of common problems; instruct students to identify the specific type of problem for each example To assess skill in problem recognition Utilize an in-class group activity- each group receives a unique problem to identify and shares their response with the class; use as an individual homework assignment
What's the Principle? Provide examples of problems and ask students to state the primary solution principle that best applies to each problem To identify students' ability to connect specified problems with specific solution principles Utilize an in-class group activity- each group receives a unique problem to identify and shares their response with the class; use as an individual homework assignment
Documented Problem Solutions Require students to document step-by-step the tasks completed to solve a problem To ascertain how students solve problems; how well they understand and can describe problem solving methods In-class activity- each student writes specific steps taken to solve a unique problem; use as an individual homework assignment
Audio and Videotaped Protocols Record students working through problem-solving process To analyze in detail the problem-solving process used by students Utilize as in-group class activity- each group records their planning sessions; use as part of a group project

source: Fenton, C. and B. Watkins (2008) Learner-Centered Assessment: Real Strategies for Today's Students. The Cross Papers 11, 1-46.