ERIC Number: ED427756
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-May
Reference Count: N/A
Improving the Strategies High School Students Use To Conduct Research on the Internet by Teaching Essential Skills and Providing Practical Experience.
Pierce, Anne F.
Objectives of this practicum were to: increase student knowledge of how to use the Internet to carry out research; improve the competency of teachers, thereby enabling them to teach students to use Internet resources; and develop an instructional unit that could be used by students, teachers, and librarians to facilitate use of the Internet to conduct research. Two teacher workshops on search strategies were presented. An instructional unit was developed that included notes on search engines and subject directories, lesson plans, notes on search strategies, a think/pair/share activity, an on-line search form, a pre/post test of student knowledge, and an Internet evaluation form to assess the validity and reliability of the information found. The instructional unit was used with 15 special education and 26 honors level high school students. Thirty-one teachers participated in the workshops; the 26 teachers who completed the evaluation form agreed the information was relevant and they would use it with their own students. Subsequent to instruction and guided practice, student performance in using the Internet as a resource, as measured by a comparison of pre/post test scores, improved significantly. Appendices include questionnaires, newsletters, evaluation forms, a copy of the instructional unit, and useful World Wide Web sites. (Contains 32 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: High School Students, High Schools, Information Skills, Instructional Development, Instructional Material Evaluation, Internet, Learning Modules, Material Development, Online Searching, Questionnaires, Research Skills, Search Strategies, Secondary School Teachers, Skill Development, Student Research, Student Surveys, Teacher Surveys, Workshops
Publication Type: Dissertations/Theses - Practicum Papers; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
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