ERIC Number: EJ1065965
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Abstractor: As Provided
Developing Scientific Literacy Skills through Interdisciplinary, Technology-Based Global Simulations: GlobalEd 2
Lawless, Kimberly A.; Brown, Scott W.
Curriculum Journal, v26 n2 p268-289 2015
GlobalEd 2 (GE2) is a set of technology-mediated, problem-based learning (PBL) simulations for middle-grade students, that capitalises on the multidisciplinary nature of the social sciences as an expanded curricular space for students to learn and apply scientific literacies and concepts, while simultaneously also enriching their understanding of the social sciences. This paper reports the results of an implementation of the GE2 curriculum focused on water resources with 535 seventh and eighth grade students from both suburban and urban school systems. The results indicate positive changes in students' writing self-efficacy, interest in pursuing future science educational opportunities and the quality of their written scientific argumentation after participation in a GE2 simulation. Curricular implications and future research directions are discussed.
Descriptors: Scientific Literacy, Technology Uses in Education, Skill Development, Interdisciplinary Approach, Computer Simulation, Problem Based Learning, Middle School Students, Social Sciences, Grade 7, Grade 8, Natural Resources, Water, Suburban Schools, Urban Schools, Self Efficacy, Student Interests, Writing (Composition), Persuasive Discourse, Science Instruction, Instructional Effectiveness, Pretests Posttests
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Middle Schools
Sponsor: Institute of Education Sciences (ED)
Authoring Institution: N/A
IES Funded: Yes
Grant or Contract Numbers: R305A080622