ERIC Number: EJ827952
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
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Designing Blended Inquiry Learning in a Laboratory Context: A Study of Incorporating Hands-On and Virtual Laboratories
Toth, Eva Erdosne; Morrow, Becky L.; Ludvico, Lisa R.
Innovative Higher Education, v33 n5 p333-344 Mar 2009
This article reports on the development of a methodology that integrates virtual and hands-on inquiry in a freshman introductory biology course. Using a two time x two order-condition design, an effective combination (blend) of the two environments was evaluated with 39 freshman biology participants. The quantitative results documented no significant effect of presentation order but demonstrated a significant effect of the combined learning experience. The qualitative results showed a strong preference by students for the virtual work preceding the hands-on laboratory. The study provides practitioners an effective alternative to traditional instructional practices by combining virtual and hands-on inquiry learning.
Descriptors: Active Learning, Inquiry, Blended Learning, Introductory Courses, Science Instruction, Biology, Hands on Science, Student Attitudes, College Freshmen, Science Laboratories
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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