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

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Dorman, Jeffrey P., 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.
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Using the Student Perceptions of Assessment Questionnaire (SPAQ) to develop an assessment typology for science classes

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AuthorsDorman, Jeffrey P. (Author), Waldrip, Bruce G. (Author) and Fisher, Darrell L. (Author)
Journal TitleJournal of Science Education
Journal Citation1 (9), pp. 13-17
Number of Pages5
Year2008
Place of PublicationBogata, Columbia
Web Address (URL)http://www.colciencias.gov.co/rec/source/rec2820ref.htm#4
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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.

Keywordsstudent perception, assessment, science secondary, SPAQ,
ANZSRC Field of Research 2020390113. Science, technology and engineering curriculum and pedagogy
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