ERIC Number: ED373985
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1994-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
Collaborative Inquiry in Networked Communities: Lessons from the Alice Testbed.
Feldman, Alan H.; Nyland, Heidi
The Alice/Collaborative Inquiry Testbed ("Alice Testbed") is one of four testbeds designed to demonstrate the educational potential of telecommunications. Their long term goal is to establish the effectiveness of Network Science and to develop key aspects of the technical, human, and conceptual infrastructure necessary to scale up Network Science in order to make this approach to science learning widely available to students from upper elementary through high school. This paper articulates two conjectures that form the basis of the Alice Testbed: (1) geographically-distributed groups of students who begin with a common problem, collect and share data, and discuss their findings; (2) development of the appropriate infrastructure of products and services to support widespread use of Network Science (scalability). Also included in the article is a summary of the innovation at the core of the project and the model developed for a testbed project as well as insight gained from the initial months of working on this project. (ZWH)
Descriptors: Computers, Cooperation, Inquiry, Intermediate Grades, Science Education, Secondary Education, Telecommunications
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: TERC, Cambridge, MA.
Identifiers: Alice Collaborative Inquiry Testbed; Network Models
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 5-8, 1994).