The Children's Academic Intrinsic Motivation Inventory (CAIMI), published by Psychological Assessment Resources, measures intrinsic motivation for school learning. CAIMI items are based on theories of intrinsic motivation measuring enjoyment of learning; an orientation toward mastery; curiosity; persistence; and the learning of challenging, difficult, and novel tasks. It is a self-report instrument consisting of 44 items, to which children rate their agreement or disagreement.
The Draw-a-Scientist Test is an open-ended projective test that assesses children's conceptual images of scientists. The DAST is evaluated using a 7-point scale based on the presence of the following components in drawing: lab coat, eyeglasses, facial growth of hair, symbols of research, symbols of knowledge, technology & relevant captions.
The link provides the DAST, its documentation, and reviews.
The Iowa Tests of Basic Skills (ITBS) offer educators a diagnostic look at how their students are progressing in key academic areas. The ITBS tests are designed for kindergarten through 8th grade students and include nine themes: vocabulary, word analysis, listening, reading comprehension, language, math, social studies, science, and sources of information. Each test takes 30 minutes or less to administer. The tests vary in length from 4 to 59 items.
The ISTE Classroom Observation Tool (ICOT) is a free online resource created to help guide teachers, administrators, and other educators as they observe and assess technology integration in classrooms. ICOT provides a set of questions designed to aid the classroom observation of a number of key components of technology integration. The tool can be used to collect observations to study school programs or curriculum interventions, document the effective use of technology in schools, and share information.
The Torrance Tests of Creative Thinking (TTCT) are the most widely used tests of their kind since testing only requires the examinee to reflect upon their life experiences. These tests invite examinees to draw and give a title to their drawings (pictures) or to write questions, reasons, consequences and different uses for objects (words). These instruments have been used for identification of the creatively gifted and as a part of gifted matrices in states and districts in the USA, especially in multicultural settings, and for special populations around the world.
The American Educational Research Association (AERA) 2016 Annual Meeting will take place in Washington, DC, between April 8-12. The theme for this year's meeting is "Public Scholarship to Educate Diverse Democracies". As in previous years, STELAR facilitated the submission of symposium proposals from several ITEST projects.
We are pleased to announce the following two ITEST Symposium sessions during AERA 2016:
Our project video documents the process and products of the professional development and implementation of integrated computer science in 3rd through 5th grade classrooms. Since January 2015, teachers in this urban and economically diverse elementary school have participated in this effort that uses a project-based learning approach to integrate computer science and technology into a standards-based curriculum.