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ERIC Number: ED408580
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Mar
Pages: 14
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Student Publishing in a WWW Digital Library--Goals and Instructional Support.
Bos, Nathan; And Others
Having K-12 students create artifacts can serve several purposes within an effective science curriculum. Through World Wide Web (WWW) publishing projects, students' cognition and motivation can be improved and the "authenticity" of their work increased, relating to recent thinking about situated learning and constructivist science teaching. To have authentic value for someone else, student work must be a somewhat unique contribution to the WWW, done with a particular audience in mind, and done at a high enough level of expertise that it can be seen as valuable by outside readers. Learning to communicate with other scientists is an important part of learning to do science, and the specific forms of disciplinary communication reflect the underlying sociocultural purposes of science. A range of instructional supports was developed to help students bridge the gap between themselves and authentic outside audiences: (1) genre explanations provided by teachers regarding the needs of readers; (2) students write and publish WWW reviews of existing resources; (3) surveys of audience knowledge; (4) peer review; and (5) comments from outside readers. (Contains 14 references; a 6-question Likert survey is appended.) (CR)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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