Designing an assessment tool for historical literacy: the case of Copernicus

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Khawaja , A 2018 , ' Designing an assessment tool for historical literacy: the case of Copernicus ' , Nordidactica : Journal of Humanities and Social Science Education , vol. 2018 , no. 3 , pp. 1-26 . < http://kau.diva-portal.org/smash/record.jsf?pid=diva2%3A1257180&dswid=-4454 >

Title: Designing an assessment tool for historical literacy: the case of Copernicus
Author: Khawaja, Amna
Contributor: University of Helsinki, Hu­man­it­ies and So­cial Sci­ences Edu­ca­tion (Hu­SoEd)
Date: 2018-10-19
Language: eng
Number of pages: 26
Belongs to series: Nordidactica : Journal of Humanities and Social Science Education
ISSN: 2000-9879
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10138/253136
Abstract: This design-based research describes the development process of an assessment tool for historical literacy at primary school level where existing assessment materials are scarce. The assessment task was tested thrice during a two-year-period in Finland and Sweden. Sixty pupils participated in a pen-and-paper-test while seven took part in think-aloud interviews. The task included three written documents on the relationship between Nicolaus Copernicus and the Catholic Church. The length of the original documents was reduced and the language simplified age-appropriately. The results revealed a tendency to read the sources as information rather than as evidence. Also, the concept of reliability proved difficult. Alterations during the re-design phases included dividing broad questions into smaller entities and directing pupils´ attention to the characteristics of source types. Many pupils responded to the weighted multiple-choice (WMC) items as if they were traditional multiple-choice questions: they chose the first correct sounding option without pondering over the others. However, one WMC item was particularly successful as all the think-aloud protocols showed that the item met its target construct. As a whole, the artefact did elicit historically literate observations among some pupils.
Subject: 516 Educational sciences
historical literacy
historical thinking
design-based research assessment
primary school
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