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ERIC Number: EJ1073175
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Abstractor: As Provided
Using WebQuests in the Social Sciences Classroom
Kachina, Olga A.
Contemporary Issues in Education Research, v5 n3 p185-200 2012
This article investigates if WebQuests have been an effective instructional tool for teaching Social Sciences subjects. In order to obtain an answer to this question, a review of scholarly literature from 1995 to the present has been undertaken and action research in 8th grade U.S. history course was conducted. The literature investigation has shown that WebQuests gained a prominent place as a valuable internet-based and inquiry-oriented teaching/learning tool that develops students' higher-order thinking skills and shifts the classroom toward being more student-centered. However, there has not been sufficient research to establish the effectiveness of this tool. The results of action research conducted in one of the middle schools in Northern California are a small contribution to this discussion.
Descriptors: Social Sciences, Investigations, Instructional Material Evaluation, Action Research, History Instruction, Literature Reviews, Grade 8, Inquiry, Active Learning, Web Based Instruction, Educational History, Educational Development, Learning Activities, Instructional Effectiveness, Mixed Methods Research, Interviews, Student Surveys, Student Attitudes, Likert Scales, Questionnaires, Multimedia Instruction, Multimedia Materials, Hypermedia, Teaching Methods, Observation
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Tests/Questionnaires; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: California