Using the Student Perceptions of Assessment Questionnaire (SPAQ) to develop an assessment typology for science classes

Dorman, Jeffrey P. and Waldrip, Bruce G. and Fisher, Darrell L. (2008) Using the Student Perceptions of Assessment Questionnaire (SPAQ) to develop an assessment typology for science classes. Journal of Science Education, 1 (9). pp. 13-17. ISSN 0124-5481

Abstract

This article reports research conducted on students’ perceptions of assessment in science classes in Queensland and Western Australia. A specially developed instrument, the Student Perceptions of Assessment Questionnaire (SPAQ) which assesses Congruence with Planned Learning, Authenticity, Student Consultation, Transparency, and Diversity was used to collect data from 3,055 students. Hierarchical cluster analysis resulted in a four cluster solution being accepted. While one cluster of 799 students held positive perceptions of assessment, another cluster of 640 students held negative views. The SPAQ allows for a greater focus on classroom-based perceptions of assessment rather than crude external accountability measures that decontextualise classroom assessment.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Author's version unavailable.
Depositing User: Prof Bruce Waldrip
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Faculty of Education
Date Deposited: 08 Jan 2010 04:04
Last Modified: 02 Dec 2011 03:08
Uncontrolled Keywords: student perception, assessment, science secondary, SPAQ,
Fields of Research (FOR2008): 13 Education > 1302 Curriculum and Pedagogy > 130212 Science, Technology and Engineering Curriculum and Pedagogy
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO2008): C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930101 Learner and Learning Achievement
C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9301 Learner and Learning > 930103 Learner Development
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/4522

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