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ERIC Number: EJ1078053
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2015
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 31
ISSN: ISSN-0950-0693
Students as Virtual Scientists: An Exploration of Students' and Teachers' Perceived Realness of a Remote Electron Microscopy Investigation
Childers, Gina; Jones, M. Gail
International Journal of Science Education, v37 n15 p2433-2452 2015
Remote access technologies enable students to investigate science by utilizing scientific tools and communicating in real-time with scientists and researchers with only a computer and an Internet connection. Very little is known about student perceptions of how real remote investigations are and how immersed the students are in the experience. This study, conducted with high school students and their teachers, explored the impact of students' perception of "ownership" and "virtual presence" during a remote investigation using a scanning electron microscope. Students were randomly assigned to one of two treatment groups: students able to select their own insect to use during the remote investigation, and students that did not select their own insects to view during the remote investigation. The results of this study showed that students in the experimental group who had choice and ownership of their insect reported being more present (less distracted) during the remote investigation than students in the control group, whereas students in the control group reported controlling the technology was easier than the experimental group. Students indicated the remote investigation was "very real"; however, the teachers of these students were less likely to describe the investigation as being "real". The results of this study have practical implications for designing remote learning environments.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: High Schools; Secondary Education
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Language: English
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