Knowledge Assessment: Pre-/Post-Tests and Instructions
The pre- and post-tests are an optional activity that can be used to augment the learning experience with the Sean's Story toolkit. Instructors are encouraged to administer the tests to:
Assess the audience's baseline knowledge (pre-test)
Identify gaps in knowledge, misconceptions, and/or incorrect information (pre-test)
Guide and individualize discussion (pre-test)
Correct misconceptions and thinking errors (pre-test)
Emphasize key teaching points (pre-test)
Assess participant understanding of new concepts presented (post-test)
Evaluate any changes in knowledge (post-test)
Lack of information and/or misconceptions regarding fire often contribute to thinking errors in youth and fire misuse behavior. The pre-/post-test questions target the topical areas in which youth are most commonly identified as having a lack of knowledge or incorrect information. Therefore, it is expected that many youths may incorrectly answer the pre-test questions. This offers the instructor an opportunity to target the topics incorrectly answered in the post-video discussion.
The pre-/post-tests were developed to meet accepted national item (question) writing standards. Some questions require higher-order (level) thinking, where students will need to apply the information provided during the video presentation and the essential instructor-led post-viewing discussion. Since test questions were constructed to encourage critical thinking, it is important to tell students to select the correct or best answer.