Gauging the Nature of Science (NOS): An Alternate Form of Assessmentby: Thomas J. Melvin
edited by: Thomas R. Lord, Donald P. French, and Linda W. Crow

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Science teachers of all disciplines can use students' NOS (nature of science) scores as an alternate form of assessment. In addition to traditional forms of assessment like exams and quizzes, NOS levels can truly indicate students' understanding of scientific processes. Assessing NOS levels in classrooms can help instructors mold their teaching strategies to better convey NOS aspects and raise students' understanding of science. This chapter provides seven aspects of NOS that define science as a discipline.

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