Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Assessment of Content Using Rubrics. (Pedagogy)

Academic journal article Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport

Assessment of Content Using Rubrics. (Pedagogy)

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A common characteristic of a standards-based curriculum is the presence of performance-based tasks designed to assess students' knowledge of skills and performance. Much of the subjectivity inherent in such assignments can be minimized by creating rubrics according to predetermined expectations and criteria (Taggert, et al., 1998). The purpose of this study was to have preservice teachers (n = 16) assess fifth-grade students' written assignments initially without rubrics and a second time with rubrics. Fifth-grade students in health and physical education class were taught a lesson about the brain. The students' assignment was to explain and illustrate four ways to have a healthy brain using information from the health lesson. Each item on the assessment included a need (e.g., energy), solution (e.g., carbohydrates), example (e.g., rice) and amount (e.g., 6 servings). Four of the student papers were selected for use in this study based on their level of accuracy. The first paper had all the criteria correct, the second paper had at least one or two inaccuracies across the four items, the third paper had more than three inaccuracies across each item, and the fourth paper was mixed with one item correct the other three items with different levels of inaccuracies. …

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