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ERIC Number: EJ867408
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010-Jan
Pages: 13
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0007-1013
A Multi-User Virtual Environment for Building and Assessing Higher Order Inquiry Skills in Science
Ketelhut, Diane Jass; Nelson, Brian C.; Clarke, Jody; Dede, Chris
British Journal of Educational Technology, v41 n1 p56-68 Jan 2010
This study investigated novel pedagogies for helping teachers infuse inquiry into a standards-based science curriculum. Using a multi-user virtual environment (MUVE) as a pedagogical vehicle, teams of middle-school students collaboratively solved problems around disease in a virtual town called River City. The students interacted with "avatars" of other students, digital artefacts and computer-based "agents" acting as mentors and colleagues in a virtual community of practice set during the time period when bacteria were just being discovered. This paper describes the results from three implementations of the River City virtual environment in 2004-05 with approximately 2000 students from geographically diverse urban areas. The results indicated that students were able to conduct inquiry in virtual worlds and were motivated by that process. However, the results from the assessments varied depending on the assessment strategy employed.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education; Middle Schools
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Language: English
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