ERIC Number: ED418870
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1998-Apr-22
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A Model for the Development of Web-Based, Student-Centered Science Education Resources.
Murfin, Brian; Go, Vanessa
The purpose of this study was to evaluate The Student Genome Project, an experiment in web-based genetics education. Over a two-year period, a team from New York University worked with a biology teacher and 33 high school students (N=33), and a middle school science teacher and a class of students (N=21) to develop a World Wide Web site intended to enable middle and secondary school students to learn the principles of molecular genetics in fun and engaging ways. A second major aspect of the project involved both the high school and middle school students working in pairs on genetics research projects by gathering survey data in their schools and data on the molecular genetics of their topic from the World Wide Web. Interactive web pages and a webboard were used to guide and mentor students during their research projects. Data sources included genetics literacy surveys, technology literacy surveys, postings on the webboard, and interviews with teachers and students. Important factors involved in the design and implementation of the World Wide Web site were identified and used to develop a theoretical model of student-centered web-based science education resources. (Contains 37 references, 6 tables and 2 figures.) (Author/DDR)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (71st, San Diego, CA, April 19-22, 1998).