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The System of Questioning: Support for Acquiring Inquiry Skills in Applying Web-based Models
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, , , University of Tartu, Estonia

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-66-2 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

The study was designed for analyzing the mechanisms that guide students in developing their skills to formulate research questions, hypotheses, and plan experiments. Two web-based models ‘Ecological balance’ and ‘Changes of ecosystems’ were used by 391 students from the 8th grade. The comparison of pre- and post-test results demonstrated that the proposed structure of the worksheets is effective for developing students’ inquiry skills in applying computer-based models. One treatment group outperformed the second group in development of the skills to formulate research questions and plan experiments. The development of students’ questioning skills was higher if there were open ended questions before the correct examples on the worksheet. At the planning stage, some students improved if they were provided with guiding questions for designing experiments while the others had to analyze a “recipe” of activities. The appropriate structure of the worksheet depended on students pre-skills.

Citation

Pedaste, M., Pruul, S. & Sarapuu, T. (2008). The System of Questioning: Support for Acquiring Inquiry Skills in Applying Web-based Models. In C. Bonk, M. Lee & T. Reynolds (Eds.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2008--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 1894-1901). Las Vegas, Nevada, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved October 17, 2019 from .