ERIC Number: ED471087
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 2002-Apr
Addressing the Complexities of Evaluating Interdisciplinary Multimedia Learning Environments.
McGee, Steven; Howard, Bruce C.; Dimitrov, Dimiter M.; Hong, Namsoo S.; Shia, Regina
This study was a summative evaluation of Astronomy Village[R]: Investigating the Solar System[TM]. Funded by the National Science Foundation, Astronomy Village is designed to teach students fundamental concepts in life, earth, and physical science by having them investigate cutting-edge questions related to the solar system. In Astronomy Village students in a virtual village in Hawaii investigate one of two core research topics related to the solar system. There were a total of 940 students from schools around the United States participating in either the Astronomy Village treatment group or the alternative treatment group. There were large treatment effect sizes for the Astronomy Village treatment group and the alternative treatment group. Students learn a great deal from Astronomy Village, and students in the alternative group, who were themselves using innovative materials, are also learning about the solar system. Evidence does suggest that the content learned by the alternative treatment group may be more inert and not as readily available for problem solving. The implications for instruction are discussed. An appendix contains sample content and problem solving materials. (SLD)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (New Orleans, LA, April 1-5, 2002).