Redesigning testing: operationalizing the new science of learning

Stein, Zachary and Dawson, Theo and Fischer, Kurt W. (2010) Redesigning testing: operationalizing the new science of learning. In: The new science of learning: Computers, cognition, and collaboration education. Springer Press, pp. 207-224. ISBN 978-1-4419-5716-0 Redesigning testing: operationalizing the new science of learning.

This is the latest version of this item.


Download (495kB) | Preview


Complex standardized testing infrastructures have come to shape most educational systems. With so many people taking so many tests, we must seriously begin to ask, what are we measuring? and what is worth measuring? This paper presents the work of a research group that has begun to use the latest in computer technology and learning science to build tests that are both standardized and formative, grounded in research about learning, and richly educative. Fischer's Dynamic Skill Theory provides a framework for modeling the diverse learning sequences and developmental pathways that characterize how real individuals in real-world contexts learn and develop. Dawson's Lectical™ Assessment System is a psychometrically validated domain-general developmental assessment system. These two sophisticated outgrowths of contemporary learning science are being employed in an effort to design a new kind of testing infrastructure, an effort known as the DiscoTest™ Initiative. In this paper we describe these efforts and explore how these specific advances in research and design will change the practice of testing, beyond using standardized tests as mere sorting mechanism and toward the use of tests as educative aids.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: Education > Educational Methods and Practices
Education > Educational Theory
Depositing User: Zak Stein
Date Deposited: 03 Nov 2016 16:29
Last Modified: 03 Nov 2016 16:29

Available Versions of this Item

Actions (login required)

View Item View Item