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ERIC Number: EJ845744
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Oct
Pages: 10
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0959-4752
Learning in a Sheltered Internet Environment: The Use of WebQuests
Segers, Eliane; Verhoeven, Ludo
Learning and Instruction, v19 n5 p423-432 Oct 2009
The present study investigated the effects on learning in a sheltered Internet environment using so-called WebQuests in elementary school classrooms in the Netherlands. A WebQuest is an assignment presented together with a series of web pages to help guide children's learning. The learning gains and quality of the work of 229 sixth graders participating in either a free-search Google condition or a closed-search WebQuest condition were compared. The closed-search condition showed the highest learning gains for boys. Children's information processing and linguistic skills generally influenced their learning gains and did not interact with condition. A difference in the quality of writing for the two conditions was also found with the language quality being higher in the free-search condition. (Contains 1 figure and 2 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Elementary Education; Elementary Secondary Education; Grade 6
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Netherlands