The Commonalities and Dissonances Between High-School Students' and Their Science Teachers' Conceptions of Science Learning and Conceptions of Science Assessment: A Taiwanese sample study

Tzung Jin Lin, Min Hsien Lee, Chin Chung Tsai

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The main purpose of this study was to concurrently investigate Taiwanese high-school students' and their science teachers' conceptions of learning science (COLS) and conceptions of science assessment (COSA). A total of 1,048 Taiwanese high-school students and their 59 science teachers were invited to fill out two questionnaires assessing their COSA and COLS. The main results indicated that, first, although a handful of different patterns occurred, students and teachers were found to have similar COLS-COSA patterns. In general, students and teachers with COSA as reproducing knowledge and rehearsing tended to possess lower-level COLS, such as learning science as memorizing, testing, and calculating and practicing. In contrast, if students and teachers viewed science assessment as improving learning and problem-solving, they would be prone to regard science learning as increase of knowledge, applying, and understanding and seeing in a new way. However, the students' conceptions did not align with those of the teachers' in certain aspects. The students tended to regard science learning and assessment at a superficial level (COLS as 'memorizing', 'testing', and 'calculating and practicing' and COSA as 'reproducing knowledge'), while the teachers' conceptions were at a more sophisticated level (COLS as 'application' and 'understanding and seeing in a new way' and COSA as 'improving learning'). It is evident that a dissonance exists between the students' and teachers' COLS and COSA. Based on the results, practical implications and suggestions for future research are discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)382-405
Number of pages24
JournalInternational Journal of Science Education
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 2014 Feb



  • Assessment
  • High school
  • Learning

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  • Education

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