ERIC Number: EJ1074439
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 79
The Effect of Online Collaboration on Adolescent Sense of Community in Eighth-Grade Physical Science
Wendt, Jillian L.; Rockinson-Szapkiw, Amanda J.
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v24 n5 p671-683 Oct 2015
Using a quasi-experimental, nonequivalent pretest/posttest control group design, the researchers examined the effects of online collaborative learning on eighth-grade student's sense of community in a physical science class. For a 9-week period, students in the control group participated in collaborative activities in a face-to-face learning environment, whereas students in the experimental group participated in online collaborative activities using the Edmodo educational platform in a hybrid learning environment. Students completed the Classroom Community Scale survey as a pretest and posttest. Results indicated that the students who participated in the face-to-face classroom had higher overall sense of community and learning community than students who participated in collaborative activities in the online environment. Results and implications are discussed and suggestions for future research are provided.
Descriptors: Science Instruction, Grade 8, Middle School Students, Computer Mediated Communication, Cooperative Learning, Pretests Posttests, Control Groups, Surveys, Student Attitudes, Experimental Groups, Web Based Instruction, Blended Learning, Teaching Methods, Conventional Instruction, Quasiexperimental Design
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8; Junior High Schools; Middle Schools; Elementary Education; Secondary Education
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