First Advisor

Michael Flower

Date of Publication


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (M.S.) in Teaching in General Science


Science Teaching




Alternative assessment, Concept maps, Preservice teachers, Concept mapping -- Study and teaching (Secondary), Student teachers -- Training of, Action research in education -- Case studies, Educational tests and measurements -- Research



Physical Description

1 online resource (v, 115 p.) : ill. (chiefly col.)


This action research study investigated the feasibility of a novice teacher using concept maps as assessments in secondary science classes. The subjects in this study were the researcher, a novice pre-service science teacher, and students (n=35) in two classes of mixed-grade Foundations in Physics and Chemistry. This study tracked student and teacher experiences over an instructional unit in astronomy. All students received a 50-minute lesson on concept mapping, one class received three additional concept mapping lessons during the unit, then all students took a unit test with a paired short answer and concept map question. Student surveys were conducted to gather student feedback, and teacher reflective journaling was used to track teacher data. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics. The results indicated that the extra concept mapping lessons did not result in higher scores on the concept maps or the paired short answer responses. The teacher journaling revealed that using concept mapping as an assessment tool was possible for a novice teacher. Advantages and barriers were identified.


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Portland State University. Center for Science Education

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