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More Is at Stake than Scores and School Rankings: Examining Authentic Intellectual Work with a Fifth-Grade Digital Documentary Inquiry Project in a Mandated State Testing Environment
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, University of Kentucky, United States ; , College of William and Mary, United States ; , University of Kentucky, United States

Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference, in San Diego, CA, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-78-5 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), Chesapeake, VA

Abstract

Three criteria for meaningful student learning, construction of knowledge, disciplined inquiry, and value beyond school, are assessed as authentic learning outcomes for an implementation of a digital primary sources project in 5th grades classrooms where teachers’ practices are constrained by a high stakes testing climate. Pre-post assessments of content knowledge showed no significant differences but there was evidence of authentic intellectual work. Only when teachers are ambitious in looking beyond test score outcomes will students have opportunities for meaningful and authentic intellectual experiences.

Citation

Swan, K., Hofer, M. & Swan, G. (2010). More Is at Stake than Scores and School Rankings: Examining Authentic Intellectual Work with a Fifth-Grade Digital Documentary Inquiry Project in a Mandated State Testing Environment. In D. Gibson & B. Dodge (Eds.), Proceedings of SITE 2010--Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference (pp. 3697-3739). San Diego, CA, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved April 20, 2019 from .

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