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Using Concept Maps to Assess the Science Understanding and Language Production of English Language Learners

Stoddart, Trish (2006) Using Concept Maps to Assess the Science Understanding and Language Production of English Language Learners. In: Concept Maps: Theory, Methodology, Technology. Proc. of the Second Int. Conference on Concept Mapping. Universidad de Costa Rica, San José, Costa Rica, pp. 606-612. ISBN 9977-15-148-2

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Abstract

This paper describes the use of concept maps to assess the understanding of science concepts and science language production of elementary students who are English languages learners (ELL). The assessment of science content understanding in ELL students is particularly challenging because it is difficult to determine whether students’ performance reflects their understanding of the concepts or their language proficiency. Concept maps allow students to demonstrate what they have learned in their primary or second language or both, in a task where the linguistic demands are minimized. A method is described which evaluates 400, grades 2- 5 ELL student’s performance in four categories: (1) number of propositions, (2) scientific accuracy, (3) depth of explanation and (4) science vocabulary. The results show that concept maps can be used to assess growth in ELL understanding of science concepts.

Item Type: Book Section
Uncontrolled Keywords: Paper, CMC2006
Subjects: L Education > L Education (General)
P Language and Literature > PE English
Q Science > Q Science (General)
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Mr. Ernest Prats
Date Deposited: 22 Aug 2012 07:31
Last Modified: 03 Oct 2012 20:28
URI: http://eprint.ihmc.us/id/eprint/152

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