About

Developing and Validating Assessments to Measure and Build Elementary Teachers’ Content Knowledge for Teaching about Matter and Its Interactions within Teacher Education Settings

This is a collaborative Early-Stage Design and Development project of the Educational Testing Service and Western Washington University. Its fundamental purpose is to examine and gather initial validity evidence for assessments designed to measure and build Kindergarten-fifth grade science teachers’ content knowledge for teaching (CKT) about matter and its interactions. The project will engage in foundational research to examine the nature of teachers’ CKT and to build theories and hypotheses about how the development of CKT can be supported in teacher education settings. Project outcomes will include a suite of valid and reliable assessment tools as well as instructional materials for use in teacher education and professional development settings.

Project Team

Publications & Presentations

Mikeska, J.N., Hanuscin, D., Borda, E., Hanley, D., Castellano, K., Cisterna, D., & Melton, J. (2020, May). Developing tools to assess and build elementary pre-service teachers’ content knowledge for teaching (CKT) about matter and its interactions. Video presented as part of the 2020 NSF STEM for All Video Showcase.

Mikeska, J. et al. (2020, January 3-6) Creating a Summative Assessment to Measure Elementary Pre-Service Teachers’ Content Knowledge for Teaching about Matter and Its Interactions. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education. San Antonio, TX. [poster] [handout]

Hanuscin, D. et al. (2020, January 3-6) Content Knowledge for Teaching about Matter: Educative Curriculum Materials for Teacher Educators. Workshop presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Science Teacher Education. San Antonio, TX. [presentation]

Hanuscin, D. et al. (2020, March 13-18) Designing Educative Curriculum Materials for Teacher Educators: Supporting Elementary Teachers’ Content Knowledge for Teaching about Matter. Poster presented at the annual meeting of NARST. Portland, OR. (conference canceled) [poster]

Mikeska, J.N., Cisterna, D., Lakhani, H., Vaval, L., Bookbinder, A.K., & Myers, D. (2020, March 13-18). Knowledge in use: Examining elementary teachers’ content knowledge for teaching about matter using scenario-based assessments. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching. Portland, OR. (conference canceled) [presentation]

Cisterna, D., Mikeska, J.N., Bookbinder, A.K., Myers, D.L., Lakhani, H., & Vaval, L. (2020, March 13-18). Elementary pre-service teachers’ perceptions of assessment tasks to measure content knowledge for teaching about matter. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching. Portland, OR. (conference canceled) [poster]