One of the main goals of the National Center for Learning & Teaching (NCLT) is to develop an approach to map out the knowledge domains, or constructs, associated with nanoscale science and engineering, and use these domains to guide learning research and the development of instructional materials, assessment, and teacher education.
As part of this effort, the NCLT has developed a process known as Construct-Centered Design (CCD). This is a principled process based largely on evidence-centered assessment design and learning goal-driven design.
This project demonstrates how the process of CCD brings together learning research and instructional development in nanoscience, and couples the CCD process with research on student learning to develop instructional materials and assessment items.
NCLT in Nanoscale Science and Engineering
Swarat, S., Light, G., Park, E.J., & Drane, D. (2008). Applying construct-centered design to curriculum, instruction, and assessment development in nanoscale science and engineering. Proceedings of the International Conference of the Learning Sciences, June 24- 28, Utrecht, Netherlands.