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Table 2.

Example of knowledge integration (KI) scoring rubric for question 31.

ScoreDescription of Generic RubricExample Student Responses
No response for the question. Blank. 
Off task. Student writes some text that is not relevant to the subject matter. Skin covers the body and the liver is inside the body. 
No KI. Students have isolated ideas. Ideas can be a mixture of normative and non-normative. Skin divides more frequently than the liver. 
Partial KI. Students provide normative ideas without elaboration or explanations. Skin cells divide more frequently than liver cells because we grow and need more skin. 
Complex KI. Scientifically complete and valid connections are made. Students provide an explanation for their answer. Skin cells and liver cells do not divide at the same frequency. Skin cells divide more frequently because the skin is exposed and has to divide for growth and repair, unlike liver cells. 
ScoreDescription of Generic RubricExample Student Responses
No response for the question. Blank. 
Off task. Student writes some text that is not relevant to the subject matter. Skin covers the body and the liver is inside the body. 
No KI. Students have isolated ideas. Ideas can be a mixture of normative and non-normative. Skin divides more frequently than the liver. 
Partial KI. Students provide normative ideas without elaboration or explanations. Skin cells divide more frequently than liver cells because we grow and need more skin. 
Complex KI. Scientifically complete and valid connections are made. Students provide an explanation for their answer. Skin cells and liver cells do not divide at the same frequency. Skin cells divide more frequently because the skin is exposed and has to divide for growth and repair, unlike liver cells. 
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