ERIC Number: EJ1054044
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Examining the Enactment of Web GIS on Students' Geospatial Thinking and Reasoning and Tectonics Understandings
Bodzin, Alec M.; Fu, Qiong; Bressler, Denise; Vallera, Farah L.
Computers in the Schools, v32 n1 p63-81 2015
Geospatially enabled learning technologies may enhance Earth science learning by placing emphasis on geographic space, visualization, scale, representation, and geospatial thinking and reasoning (GTR) skills. This study examined if and how a series of Web geographic information system investigations that the researchers developed improved urban middle-school learners' GTR skills and their understanding of tectonics concepts. Paired-sample t tests for analyses of tectonics content knowledge and GTR achievement measures revealed statistically significant gains from pretest to posttest (p < 0.001) with large effect sizes. The findings provide support that GTR related to tectonics can be learned with appropriately designed learning activities using Web-based geographic information systems.
Descriptors: Geographic Information Systems, Middle School Students, Spatial Ability, Logical Thinking, Earth Science, Plate Tectonics, Scientific Concepts, Science Instruction, Science Achievement, Pretests Posttests, Urban Schools, Web Based Instruction, Learning Activities, Grade 8, Statistical Analysis, Qualitative Research
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: Middle Schools; Secondary Education; Junior High Schools; Grade 8; Elementary Education
Sponsor: National Science Foundation
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: DRL-1118677