Alternative assessment strategies within a context-based science teaching and learning approach in secondary schools in Swaziland
Kelly, Victoria Louise
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The aim of this study was to use a case study approach to explore and describe how students and teachers perceived performance assessment and context-based assessment models that were used within a real world context teaching and learning approach. The topics Electricity and Air and Living Things formed the science knowledge base for the study. Four junior secondary school science teachers and their students in four schools participated. Participants; experiences of the assessment models were achieved through teachers administering and scoring performance assessment tasks and context-based unit tests to their students. Perceptions were obtained through questionnaires and interviews from students. Interviews and informal discussions were used to elicit teachers; perceptions. Observations during the administration of performance assessment tasks were also used for triangulation.