Using a Rubric to Promote Scientific Literacy
           Carrie B. Myers, Montana State University, MT
           Doreen E. Brown, Montana State University, MT
           Adele Pittendrigh, Montana State University, MT
This research reports on the development, implementation, and evaluation of a scientific 
thinking rubric. Surveys of 349 college students find that students responded 
favorably to the rubric and its promotion of scientific thinking, learning, and 
motivation. Students also reported that the rubric extended their scrutiny of science 
and scientific sources. Reports were most favorable among female and natural and 
engineering science undergraduates. While a controlled study is needed, this research 
suggests that rubrics have promise to increase scientific literacy among college 

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