Date of Award

Spring 5-13-2017

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Education


Secondary Education

First Advisor

Karen Embry Jenlink, Ed.D.

Second Advisor

Patrick Jenlink, Ed.D.

Third Advisor

Brandon Fox, PhD


This replication survey research study sought to further understand preservice elementary teachers’ perceptions of assessment tasks they encountered in secondary science coursework. Students are assessed through informal and formal assessments, including close-ended and open-ended questions, through classroom and high-stakes assessments. With great significance placed on high-stakes state assessments, classroom instruction and assessments oftentimes mirror the format of state assessments. The researcher administered a validated Likert scale inventory, the Perceptions of Assessment Tasks Inventory (PATI), to preservice elementary teachers to examine their perceptions of how assessment tasks reflected their knowledge and understanding of science assessment tasks. The researcher found the research participants’ perceptions were more positive regarding assessment tasks the teacher had more control over, including the alignment of learning with assessments, and transparency of assessments. The research participants’ least positive perceptions were assessment tasks where students had influence over their assessments, including student consultation and diversity in assessments.

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