A Learning Progression Approach to Formative Assessment - A Talk by Dr. Xiufeng Liu

A Learning Progression Approach to Formative Assessment - A Talk by Dr. Xiufeng Liu

Date & Time

12 January 2011, 00:00


Blk 2 Level 1 (NIE2-01-LT6)


Learning Sciences Lab (LSL)
Office of Education Research (OER)



Events Details

In this talk, the presenter will review literature on formative assessment in science teaching, and make a case for a learning progression approach to formative assessment. As an example, he will describe the development and implementation of a computer-modeling based formative assessment system for a high school chemistry course.  He will demonstrate the computer models and assessment instruments, and present preliminary evidence for the effectiveness of the formative assessment for improving student learning in chemistry.

Biography: Dr. Xiufeng Liu


Xiufeng Liu is a Professor of Science Education at the State University of New York at Buffalo. He received PhD in science education from the University of British Columbia in 1993. Before his current position, he was a chemistry teacher in Hubei, China, a chemical education researcher at the China National Institute for Educational Research, and a science educator at St. Francis Xavier University and the University of Prince Edward Island in Canada.  He conducts research in closely related areas of technology-enhanced science assessment, applications of measurement models in science education, children’s long-term concept development in science, and science curriculum policies. He is the author of two recent books, Essentials of Science Classroom Assessment (2009, Sage),  and Using and Developing Measurement Instruments in Science Education:  A Rasch Modeling Approach (2010, IAP Press). He is also Associate Editor for the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST), and an elected board member of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST). For more information, please refer to http://gse.buffalo.edu/node/2037.   

Wednesday, 12 January 2011

2:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Venue: NIE, Lecture Theatre 6 @ Blk 2 Level 1  (NIE2-01-LT6)