Examining the Efforts of Scaffolds on Scientific Inquiry with Mobile Technology
Ying-Shao Hsu, Li Wen Hsieh, Hsin-Kai Wu, Fu-Kwun Hwang, National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan
EdMedia + Innovate Learning, in Vienna, Austria ISBN 978-1-880094-65-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Waynesville, NC
The study aims to examine the impacts of scaffoldings on student questioning, analyzing and explaining abilities in a mobile learning environment which leads them to use probes, accompanying software (DataStudio) and an online forum for scientific inquiry. Reflective assessments and checklists served as scaffoldings for supporting students in development of these inquiry abilities. The participants were 29 tenth graders identified as science gifted students at a girl public senior high school in Taipei city and they were grouped into ten cooperative learning teams. Student learning was measured by coded data from students’ worksheets, interviews and final project reports. The remarkable findings were: (1) most students were used to apply feasibility, appropriate scope, and meaningfulness as criteria to judge and refine the question for their investigation; (2) students learned better in how to transform data into proper tables and/or figures for answering their questions after the project.
Hsu, Y.S., Hsieh, L.W., Wu, H.K. & Hwang, F.K. (2008). Examining the Efforts of Scaffolds on Scientific Inquiry with Mobile Technology. In J. Luca & E. Weippl (Eds.), Proceedings of ED-MEDIA 2008--World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia & Telecommunications (pp. 2937-2941). Vienna, Austria: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).
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