ERIC Number: EJ783994
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Nov
Reference Count: 0
The Effects of G.I.S. on Students' Attitudes, Self-Efficacy, and Achievement in Middle School Science Classrooms
Baker, Thomas R.; White, Steven H.
Journal of Geography, v102 n6 p243-254 Nov 2003
This paper examines a non-equivalent quasi-experimental research effort, wherein two versions of a two week Project Based Learning unit were developed, implemented, and assessed. Students used a collaborative GIS or paper maps to support data analysis activities in this eighth grade Earth science unit. Attitude and self-efficacy in science as technology as well as student achievement in science process skills were measured. The study found significant improvement in attitudes toward technology, self-efficacy toward science, and modest, yet significant, improvements for geographic data analysis for students who used GIS.
Descriptors: Geography, Information Systems, Student Attitudes, Self Efficacy, Science Achievement, Middle School Students, Grade 8, Earth Science, Data Analysis, Science Process Skills, Active Learning, Student Projects, Science Education
National Council for Geographic Education. Jacksonville State University, 206A Martin Hall, Jacksonville, AL 36265-1602. Tel: 256-782-5293; Fax: 256-782-5336; e-mail: email@example.com; Web site: http://www.ncge.org/publications/journal/
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 8; Middle Schools
Authoring Institution: N/A