Studies in Learning, Evaluation, Innovation and Development > Vol. 6, No. 3 (2009)

A model for alternative assessment of students\' problem solving processes: conceptual and experimental validation

Rama Klavir, Kaye College of Education
Malka Gorodetsky, Ben Gurion University


Abstract The paper provides a qualitative assessment model for monitoring studentsí solution processes and the outcome while being engaged in problem solving and learning of analogical problems. The model is structured as a mapping sentence the facets of which are based on procedural components that have been found to be part of the solution processes of analogical problems by populations of varying excellence. The model has the capacity to assess, independently, both the quality of the process and that of the solution outcome. The paper presents the validation of the model and possible connections between the process components and the outcome (solution). It was found that though performance on the process components and the outcome are correlated, the connection is not linear, i.e. the interrelationship between the solution processes and the outcome is not direct. The model was found to be sensitive to students' learning of analogical problems solving. The potential of the model as an assessment and learning tool for teachers' and students is suggested.

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