PHIRE Assessment Tools

  • David I. HanauerEmail author
  • Graham F. Hatfull
  • Debbie Jacobs-Sera
Part of the Mentoring in Academia and Industry book series (MAI, volume 2)


This chapter provides further clarification and exemplification of the specific assessment tools developed and used within the PHIRE program to evaluate student educational progress. As described in Chap. 7, the overall assessment strategy was based on a contextualized, multimethod approach and consists of five different tools: the substantive knowledge test, the physical checklist, the visual literacy test, the notebook assessment tool, and the knowledge presentation performance test. In the sections that follow each of these assessment tools is described individually.

The Substantive Knowledge Test

The substantive knowledge test is a tool that assesses the development of factual scientific knowledge as an outcome of the process of scientific inquiry. The substantive knowledge test is the most traditional of the methods used in the current set of assessment tools. The substantive knowledge test used within the PHIRE program consisted of a multiple choice question and...


Oral Presentation Scientific Argument Laboratory Notebook Scientific Notebook Representational Knowledge 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • David I. Hanauer
    • 1
    Email author
  • Graham F. Hatfull
    • 2
  • Debbie Jacobs-Sera
    • 2
  1. 1.Dept. EnglishIndiana University of PennsylvaniaIndianaUSA
  2. 2.Dept. Biological SciencesUniversity of PittsburghPittsburghUSA

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