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Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement UCORE Assessment

Using Science Literacy Concept Inventory (SLCI) Results to Improve UCORE Courses

Science Literacy Concept Inventory (SLCI) results provide faculty with information about students’ grasp of science literacy. Wrong answers on the SLCI reveal students’ common misconceptions about science, information which can be used to direct and improve teaching related to science literacy. For example, responses to SLCI of students in a particular course may reveal that many students hold a misconception that human perceptions alter physical laws. Armed with this knowledge, faculty could aim instruction at improving students’ understanding of how science rests on physical laws that are unchanged by public opinion or perception.  » More …

Science Literacy at WSU: 2016 Science Literacy Concept Inventory (SLCI) Results

As reported in the 2016 Science Literacy Concept Inventory Summary of Key Evidence for UCORE, assessment results indicated that, overall, WSU seniors scored higher than first year students on all twelve science literacy concepts (average +12%) related to citizen level understanding. Composite results from 2013-2016 also indicated that overall SLCI scores at WSU were similar to those of the National Study and increased with both class rank and the number of science courses taken. » More …

Using Science Literacy Concept Inventory (SLCI) Results to Inform Decision-making at Multiple-levels

Faculty have used results from the Science Literacy Concept Inventory (SLCI) in a variety of ways to inform and improve their science literacy instruction including adapting assignments and more explicitly addressing science literacy concepts in instruction. Academic degree programs have used the data to compare students at different academic levels. At the institutional level, SLCI data has been used to indicate progress toward institutional learning goals.  » More …

Science Literacy Concept Inventory (SLCI) Pilot at WSU

This Fall, four WSU UCORE science courses are piloting the Science Literacy Concept Inventory (SLCI) to gauge students’ grasp of science literacy. Science literacy, one of WSU’s Seven Learning Goals of the Baccalaureate, refers to an individual’s understanding of scientific concepts as a tool to guide decision-making, participation in civic affairs, economic productivity and global stewardship.  » More …