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Comparing Two Task Analysis Guides in Science: Examination of Cognitive Demand

Sat, April 10, 4:10 to 5:40pm EDT (4:10 to 5:40pm EDT), SIG Sessions, SIG-Science Teaching and Learning Paper and Symposium Sessions


Assessing the demands of science tasks in education is an area of intense research. One way of ensuring beneficial learning is using tasks with proper cognitive demand (CD). While there are multiple frameworks examining CD in science education, these frameworks use product data and do not consider cognitive process data. As neurocognitive tools to assess CD make their way into education, understandings of how to use these tools becomes important. The intent of this study is to examine a current task-based framework, Task Analysis Guide in Science (TAGS) using neurocognitive data. Analysis of neurological data from 60 ninth grade students using mixture models illustrates a mismatch between neurocognitive data and traditional Task Analysis i.e. TAGS when assessing CD.