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ERIC Number: EJ1016359
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2013
Pages: 12
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1436-4522
Seamless Connection between Learning and Assessment--Applying Progressive Learning Tasks in Mobile Ecology Inquiry
Hung, Pi-Hsia; Hwang, Gwo-Jen; Lin, Yu-Fen; Wu, Tsung-Hsun; Su, I-Hsiang
Educational Technology & Society, v16 n1 p194-205 2013
Mobile learning has been recommended for motivating students on field trips; nevertheless, owing to the complexity and the richness of the learning resources from both the real-world and the digital-world environments, information overload remains one of the major concerns. Most mobile learning designs provide feedback only for multiple choice items to guide students' learning. The aim of this study was to develop a series of worksheets as scaffolding to support inquiry-based ecology observations in a mobile learning environment. Based on a three-layer worksheet framework, a mobile learning system with in-field scoring rubrics was developed to guide the students to sequentially focus on guided observations, independent observations, and extended inquiries. Well-designed worksheets, instant feedback and supplementary materials were provided to balance the students' learning pressure and task challenge in the species-rich field. The automated scoring data for constructed response tasks were analyzed to investigate the learning growth and students' learning characteristics. The results showed that the proposed approach was effective in improving the field observation performance of the students. Furthermore, nearly 70% of the students who learned with the proposed approach could pursue their own inquiries in the mobile learning environment, showing that the approach is promising.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 5; Grade 6; Intermediate Grades; Elementary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Taiwan
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