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ERIC Number: ED457520
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998-Dec-4
Pages: 24
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Using Reading Classroom Explorer's Interactive Notebook: Student-Initiated Inquiries in a Collaborative Setting.
Hughes, Joan E.; Packard, Becky Wai-Ling; Reischl, Catherine H.; Pearson, P. David
The Reading Classroom Explorer (RCE), a hypermedia learning environment for teacher education, was developed in 1996. The environment contains searchable video clips of six exemplary teachers teaching reading, transcripts of classroom clips, questions to spur thinking, reference citations, and an interactive notebook. A study explored: what sorts of arguments students used in their notebook papers, what role RCE content played in comparison to the content available from other sources, what kind of products emerged from the electronic notebook environment, and what ways students marshaled evidence to support their arguments. Participants, 10 small groups of two or three students in a Masters-level reading methods course, used RCE to investigate a question about literacy and write their findings in the RCE notebook. Findings suggest that the context of RCE use in this study, especially the in-class work time, collaborative small groups, and student-initiated inquiries, afforded these students an opportunity to delve deeply into ideas, issues, and concerns about literacy, and that the notebook provided a space for students to document their learning and thinking processes. Finding also suggest that using the RCE notebook-developed papers to present an inquiry promotes discussion among peers. Appended are an assignment description, a presentation description, the classification scheme, and notebook papers (coded for argument chunks). (NKA)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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