ERIC Number: ED444844
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1999
Assessing the Nature of Learners' Science Content Understandings as a Result of Utilizing On-Line Resources.
Hoffman, Joseph L.; Krajcik, Joseph S.
The purpose of this study was to describe the depth and accuracy of sixth grade students' content understanding as a result of engaging in information seeking activities using Web-based resources in the University of Michigan's Digital Library. Eight student pairs received scaffolded pedagogical support from classroom teachers while completing four online inquiry units (astronomy, ecology, geology, weather) during a nine month period. Emerging understandings were assessed through a content analysis of learner final products and semi-structured interviews conducted during the school year. The analysis provided insight into both the depth (recalling information, offering explanations, articulating relationships, extending explanations) and accuracy of learner understandings (inaccurate, none, partial, accurate). Results of this study provide an empirical perspective on the use of World Wide Web resources in science classrooms. (Contains 66 references.) (Author/YDS)
Descriptors: Astronomy, Ecology, Electronic Libraries, Geology, Grade 6, Information Seeking, Inquiry, Intermediate Grades, Problem Solving, Science Education, Weather, World Wide Web
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Arlington, VA.; Michigan Univ., Ann Arbor.
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Some figures are very small. Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the National Association for Research in Science Teaching (Boston, MA, March 28-31, 1999).