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ERIC Number: EJ784991
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2007-Feb
Pages: 24
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1059-0145
Relating Narrative, Inquiry, and Inscriptions: Supporting Consequential Play
Barab, Sasha A.; Sadler, Troy D.; Heiselt, Conan; Hickey, Daniel; Zuiker, Steven
Journal of Science Education and Technology, v16 n1 p59-82 Feb 2007
In this paper we describe our research using a multi-user virtual environment, "Quest Atlantis," to embed fourth grade students in an aquatic habitat simulation. Specifically targeted towards engaging students in a rich inquiry investigation, we layered a socio-scientific narrative and an interactive rule set into a multi-user virtual environment gaming engine to establish a virtual world through which students learned about science inquiry, water quality concepts, and the challenges in balancing scientific and socio-economic factors. Overall, students were clearly engaged, participated in rich scientific discourse, submitted quality work, and learned science content. Further, through participation in this narrative, students developed a rich perceptual, conceptual, and ethical understanding of science. This study suggests that multi-user virtual worlds can be effectively leveraged to support academic content learning.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Grade 4
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Language: English
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