Committee Observations

This content-specific survey does not require higher order thinking skills. In addition, the level of factual knowledge required to perform well is likely to be beyond the capability of most individuals in the target population. It would be interesting to administer a survey like this before and after participation in a consensus-type conference to determine what, if any, learning has taken place.

Design-Based Science



David Fortus, University of Michigan


Curriculum development, research

What is measured

Science and technology knowledge and transfer of design skills to new situations

Target population

9th- and 10th-grade students in the United States

Item format

Multiple-choice and open-ended questions and design skills projects

Sample size

92 students in 9th and 10th grade in one Michigan public high school

Frequency of administration

Once, in 2001–2002


Dissertation held at University of Michigan and an article describing the instrument (Journal of Research in Science Training 41(10): 1081–1110).

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