Making Sense of Science (Electric Circuits Assessment)

Making Sense of Science (Electric Circuits Assessment) is a written test that measures teachers' pedagogical content knowledge regarding electric circuits. Test items are aligned to the National Science Education Standards Benchmarks, the Full Option Science System curriculum, and the Science and Technology Concepts curriculum. Items reflect the format and content of the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and National Assessment of Education Progress (NAEP) assessments. The measure has been used as a pre- and post-test to assess the effects of professional development programs. There is also a student written assessment with 15 linked items.

Content

Domains
Subdomain
Topics
Classroom Instruction,
Teacher Knowledge,
Teacher Skills,
Teacher Beliefs,
Teacher Self-Efficacy
Grades
3rd Grade,
4th Grade,
5th Grade
Languages
English
Respondent
Teacher

Administration Information

Length
33 items (29 multiple-choice items; 4 open-response items)
Price

Free

National Sample
No

Access and Use

Peer-Reviewed Study Citations

Heller, J. I., Daehler, K. R., Wong, N., Shinohara, M., & Miratrix, L. W. (2012). Differential effects of three professional development models on teacher knowledge and student achievement in elementary science. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 49(3), 333-362.

Psychometrics

Scoring
Manual scoring
Open Access
No
Used in Peer-Reviewed Research
Yes
Psychometric Citations

Heller, J. I., & Kaskowitz, S. R., (2004). Final evaluation report for Science Cases for Teacher Learning: Impact on teachers, classrooms, and students, Project years 2000–2003. Technical report submitted to Stuart Foundation.