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Title: An Assessment Focused Research-Practice Partnership
Authors: Varma, Keisha
Loiselle, Tayler
Keywords: Learning Sciences
Issue Date: Jun-2021
Publisher: International Society of the Learning Sciences
Citation: Varma, K. & Loiselle, T. (2021). An Assessment Focused Research-Practice Partnership. In de Vries, E., Hod, Y., & Ahn, J. (Eds.), Proceedings of the 15th International Conference of the Learning Sciences - ICLS 2021. (pp. 1103-1104). Bochum, Germany: International Society of the Learning Sciences.
Abstract: In this proposal we present a narrative account of a research-practice partnership focused on creating an assessment that could meet the needs of teachers as an activity they could enact to support their instruction and assessment goals and also meet the needs of researchers as a research measure. We highlight the way the Draw-A-Scientist Task (DAST), a tool for revealing students’ images of scientists, was introduced at a summer teacher professional development institute and adopted by middle school teachers for use in their science classes. By following a co-design approach, we created a strong research-practice partnership. Our findings summarize the nature of the research-practice partnership and outcomes. This work is a critical illustration of the importance of considering teachers as true research partners. Teachers in this project teach a broad range of diverse students. This collaboration afforded the development of a tool that they could use to elicit students’ ideas about science and also reveal some of their personal identities.
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