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Can Adults Pass a Middle School Science Test? *

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Time Required Long (2-4 weeks)
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How well do adults understand basic science concepts? This project is a good opportunity for you to test your own scientific understanding as you create a short test to assess knowledge of basic science concepts. Your test will have to brief (probably 10-15 questions, maximum) or you'll have a hard time getting a sufficient number of complete responses. With so few questions, you'll have to think carefully about exactly what comprises "basic science knowledge," and exactly how to word your questions. It will probably take a few rounds of pilot tests and editing to get it right. You should also gather some information on your respondents' educational background and primary language. Other questions to ask yourself: How representative is your sample population? How do middle school students fare on your test? (Idea from Del Gavio-Kusich, 2003)

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Bibliography

Del Gavio-Kusich, O., 2003. "Can Adults Pass a Standard 7th Grade Science Test?" California State Science Fair Project Abstract [accessed February 1, 2006] http://www.usc.edu/CSSF/History/2003/Projects/J1705.pdf.

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