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ERIC Number: EJ984765
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012-Oct-10
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1990-3839
Connecting Children Internationally for Science Instruction: Using the Internet to Support Learning about Lunar Phases
Smith, Walter S.; Cheon, Jongpil; Jabri, Faiza; Reynolds, Stephen; Zebedi, Amira
Educational Research and Reviews, v7 n25 p532-536 Oct 2012
This study investigated the effect on children's science understanding of Internet-based instruction in which children from around the world in grades 4 to 8 observed the Moon for several weeks and then shared their lunar data internationally to find global patterns in the Moon's behavior. Students in two American and one Australian class took the Comprehensive Moon Phases Assessment as a pre- and post-test. Instruction in the three classes shared some common characteristics such as exchanging data internationally and focusing on finding global patterns in the Moon's behavior. The results showed that overall and in two of the three classes the students' understanding of lunar phases improved significantly. The international exchange of lunar observation reports was effective, although the instruction in each classroom was under the teacher's control and thus varied from place to place. (Contains 1 table and 1 figure.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Middle Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Australia; Massachusetts; Texas; United States