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ERIC Number: EJ913654
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jul
Pages: 20
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 26
ISSN: ISSN-1059-7069
Preservice Mathematics and Science Teachers' Inquiry into New Literacy Practices of the Internet
Truxaw, Mary; Olson, Mark
Journal of Technology and Teacher Education, v18 n3 p489-508 Jul 2010
This paper articulates features of Internet literacy practices that preservice mathematics and science teachers found compelling and important for their pupils' learning. As part of secondary mathematics and science methods courses, 24 mathematics and science preservice teachers (PSTs) conducted a scaffolded investigation into the literacy practices of pupils in their practicum placements. These investigations clearly demonstrated to PSTs that Internet literacies create new demands on comprehension strategies that are in some ways similar to traditional literacies but in many respects go beyond them. These new demands include how text is negotiated and how text is critically evaluated on the Internet. Further, the PSTs found that, despite general presumptions that today's pupils are adept at Internet use, the Internet places demands on pupils that they are often poorly prepared to engage. This study demonstrates that explicit instruction for both PSTs and pupils is needed in order to capitalize on the information potential of the Internet. In addition to reporting results and implications, the authors describe the investigation assignment and provide information that will enable interested researchers and mathematics and science teacher educators to adapt it for their own use. (Contains 7 tables, 1 figure, and 1 note.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: High Schools; Higher Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A