Classroom Assessment Techniques: Mathematical Thinking
http://www.flaguide.org/cat/math/math/math1.php

Malcolm Swan, Jim Ridgway, The National Institute for Science Education; College Level One Team


This page describes five ways to assess mathematical thinking skills. The assessment tool is one of a series of Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) provided by the Field-tested Learning Assessment Guide (FLAG) website. The CATs of FLAG were constructed as a resource for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) instructors to emphasize deeper levels of learning and to give instructors valuable feedback during a course. The Mathematical Thinking Classroom Assessment Techniques (Math CATs) are designed to promote and assess thinking skills in mathematics by checking results and correcting mistakes, making plausible estimates of quantities which are not known, modeling and defining new concepts, judging statements and creating proofs, and organizing unsorted data and drawing conclusions. An overview of this assessment instrument includes information about why Math CATs are beneficial to use and how to use them. This site is also linked to a set of discipline-specific "tools" that can be downloaded for immediate use, as well as supplementary links and sources to further explore this assessment tool.


Subject: Education:Assessment
Resource Type: Assessments, Pedagogic Resources:Overview/Summary
Grade Level: College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14)
Topics: Education:Assessment:Other Assessment Type, Education:AssessmentKeywords: This page describes five ways to assess mathematical thinking skills. The assessment tool is one of a series of Classroom Assessment Techniques (CATs) provided by the Field-tested Learning Assessment Guide (FLAG) website. The CATs of FLAG were constructed as a resource for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) instructors to emphasize deeper levels of learning and to give instructors valuable feedback during a course. The Mathematical Thinking Classroom Assessment Techniques (Math CATs) are designed to promote and assess thinking skills in mathematics by checking results and correcting mistakes, making plausible estimates of quantities which are not known, modeling and defining new concepts, judging statements and creating proofs, and organizing unsorted data and drawing conclusions. An overview of this assessment instrument includes information about why Math CATs are beneficial to use and how to use them. This site is also linked to a set of discipline-specific "tools" that can be downloaded for immediate use, as well as supplementary links and sources to further explore this assessment tool.