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ERIC Number: EJ1001628
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Dec
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 65
ISSN: ISSN-2077-2327
Learning How to Design a Technology Supported Inquiry-Based Learning Environment
Hakverdi-Can, Meral; Sonmez, Duygu
Science Education International, v23 n4 p338-352 Dec 2012
This paper describes a study focusing on pre-service teachers' experience of learning how to design a technology supported inquiry-based learning environment using the Internet. As part of their elective course, pre-service science teachers were asked to develop a WebQuest environment targeting middle school students. A WebQuest is an inquiry-oriented lesson format in which most or all the information with which learners work comes from the Internet. The study examined participants' experiences and reflections. Qualitative research methodology was used to analyze the collected data. The findings of this study showed that WebQuest is an effective teaching tool and that participating pre-service teachers had a positive experience of developing it as part of their study. This experience positively affected their content knowledge and understanding of technology supported inquiry learning environments, allowing them to learn how to create an inquiry based and technology supported lesson. All participants indicated their intention to use WebQuest in their future teaching practices. (Contains 1 table and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Turkey