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Inquiry: Learning Science by Doing Science

Author(s): Nancy Moreno, PhD

“Five E” Learning Cycle: Evaluate

During the Evaluate phase of the "5 E" Learning Cycle model, students demonstrate an understanding or knowledge of a skill or concept. Usually, any questions posed to the learner are open-ended and require critical thinking. Self-assessment by students also should be encouraged.

Evaluations can focus on students' conceptual understandings, skills development or other learning outcomes. Appropriate assessment strategies might include performance assessments, evaluation of drawings or physical models made by students, interviews with groups of students or individuals, creative writing exercises using science concepts, creation of concept maps by students, or examination of student laboratory notebooks or portfolios.