Assessing Scientific Inquiry
The aim of the last chapter was to introduce some basic concepts and approaches to the development of assessment. In the current chapter, this discussion will be expanded so that it relates specifically to the issue of assessment that is addressed in this book – the assessment of scientific inquiry. This chapter reviews some of the proposals concerning scientific inquiry assessment and proposes its own approach to this issue. As discussed in previous chapters the approach taken to assessment in this book is one that places high significance on the contextual nature of scientific inquiry within an authentic research setting. Accordingly the chapter explores the concept of authentic performance assessment and discusses the importance of a deep understanding of the specific scientific inquiry process that is used in the educational program, as an initial stage in assessment development.