ERIC Number: ED436175
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999-Feb
Project-Based Learning with the World Wide Web: A Qualitative Study of Resource Integration.
Land, Susan M.; Greene, Barbara
The purpose of this study was to investigate the process used by learners to direct, locate, and integrate information resources for use in a project-based environment. Four cases (n=9, including three group projects and one individual project) were analyzed from an introductory educational technology course for preservice teachers during a unit on telecommunications. Participants were asked to generate projects for integrating the Internet into the curriculum. Within this project-based context, learners searched for information resources that would accompany their project ideas. Specifically, the study examined: strategies used by participants to guide their information seeking; the role of system, domain, and metacognitive knowledge in locating World Wide Web resources; and the extent to which student integrate Web resources into coherent projects. Three major findings related to use of hypermedia systems during project-based learning are discussed: (1) progressing from data-driven to goal-driven approaches was critical to developing a coherent project idea: (2) consolidating multiple information resources with proposed project methods and rationales was challenging for learners; and (3) metacognitive, domain, and system knowledge appear critical to achieving coherence in project development. Implications related to the role of instructional scaffolding in encouraging goal-driven and metacognitive processing during open-ended learning are considered. (Author/MES)
Descriptors: Coherence, Computer Uses in Education, Cooperative Learning, Curriculum Development, Educational Environment, Educational Technology, Higher Education, Hypermedia, Information Seeking, Instructional Design, Knowledge Level, Learning Processes, Metacognition, Preservice Teacher Education, Qualitative Research, Scaffolding (Teaching Technique), Student Projects, Teaching Methods, Technology Integration, World Wide Web
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Proceedings of Selected Research and Development Papers Presented at the National Convention of the Association for Educational Communications and Technology [AECT] (21st, Houston, TX, February 10-14, 1999); see IR 019 753.