Using the Internet as an educational tool in geography courses
Norman Dale Carter, California State University, Fullerton, United States
California State University, Fullerton . Awarded
Rapid technological advances in computers continue to present challenges to geography educators. The use of the Internet as a pedagogical tool is evaluated at the university level in a junior level environmental geography course utilizing both behaviorist and constructivist instruction techniques. A classroom setting of lecture and discussion was supplemented by a web page assignment requiring each student to author a home page, use the Internet as a research vehicle and publish original content.
The students participating in this assignment reported an enhanced learning experience for the class, enhanced learning skills suitable for other classes, and high levels of personal and academic satisfaction. The main characteristic of students that influenced their performance was their level of computer literacy skills. The Internet can be successfully used as a pedagogical tool in geography courses if the faculty and students become proficient in the skills necessary to access, manipulate, and use information technologies.
Carter, N.D. Using the Internet as an educational tool in geography courses. Master's thesis, California State University, Fullerton.
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