The science students skills inventory: Capturing graduate perceptions of their learning outcomes

Matthews, Kelly E. and Hodgson, Yvonne (2012) The science students skills inventory: Capturing graduate perceptions of their learning outcomes. International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education, 20 1: 24-43.

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Author Matthews, Kelly E.
Hodgson, Yvonne
Title The science students skills inventory: Capturing graduate perceptions of their learning outcomes
Journal name International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education
ISSN 2200-4270
1836-0858
1836-0866
1443-4490
Publication date 2012-07-20
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 20
Issue 1
Start page 24
End page 43
Total pages 20
Place of publication Sydney, NSW, Australia
Publisher Institute for Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education
Collection year 2013
Language eng
Abstract Within the context of changing government policies demanding accountability and a desire for science curricular leaders to draw on evidence to inform on-going curricular reform efforts, we report on a cross-institutional benchmarking study of graduates’ perception of their learning gains across the whole of their degree program. The study utilises a purpose-built instrument, the Science Students Skills Inventory (SSSI), which we suggest is one tool for evidencing the obtainment of the recently articulated national Learning Threshold Outcomes in Science. The results indicate that students gained content knowledge along with writing, communication and team-work skills at equal levels with no statistically significant differences across the two university cohorts. The exception was student’s low perception of building quantitative skills, which differed significantly across the cohorts. The benefits, limitations and scope of the SSSI as one tool for evidencing learning outcomes are discussed. Implications are presented for evaluating program-level learning outcomes framed within the quality assurance versus quality enhancement national policy debate, along with directions for further research.
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Additional Notes International Journal of Innovation in Science and Mathematics Education is an Open Access journal. (Formerly CAL-laborate International)

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Created: Mon, 30 Jul 2012, 22:18:42 EST by Kelly Matthews on behalf of Teaching & Educational Development Institute