Assessing Working Knowledge (Example)

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This AT (Assessment Task) was built to gauge how well a learner has constructed working knowledge. 

Working Knowledge is defined as ideas that are useful to professionals in a field. WK should be committed to memory. Example: A medical doctor should know the names of the common bones in the human body. Example: A carpenter should know that a sheet of plywood comes in a standard size of 4 feet by 8 feet.

The context of this AT is a junior level engineering fluid mechanics class.

The purpose of this AT is to gauge how well a students knows common mass units (kilogram, gram, slug, and pound-mass). Does a student know, for example, that 1.o slug of mass is equivalent to 32.2 pounds mass?

The conditions of this assessment are closed book, closed notes, and no calculator. Rationale: Working knowledge and simple estimates should be routine for the engineer.

The AT, shown below, is classified as medium level of challenge.

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The feedback is shown below.

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This AT was used on a final exam in a junior level engineering fluid mechanics class prior to implementation of the L4Doing Approach. The sample size was about 50 students and approximately 30% of the students were able to produce a correct answer.

Questions

I welcome any comments! Some questions I have.

  • Is this a task that an engineer (or a student studying engineering) ought to be able to do?
  • What do you like about how this AT was designed?
  • What specific recommendations do you have for making this AT better?

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