A mobile learning environment for supporting inquiry-based experimental activities in elementary school
Source: International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation, Volume 6, Number 1, May 2012 , pp. 8-24(17)
Publisher: Inderscience Publishers
Abstract:This study aims to design and develop an inquiry-based learning environment by integrating wireless and mobile technologies with handheld devices for supporting science experimental activities in elementary schools. The learning environment can facilitate students' involvement in experimental design, data collection, data analysis and discussion inside and outside classroom. The main study was conducted to examine the effectiveness of using the learning environment for an inquiry-based experimental activity. Two sixth-grade classes of 68 students participated in the study for two weeks. The Science Learning Attitude Scale and Scientific Explanation Ability Test were applied for pre-test and post-test evaluation and a single group, paired sample t-test was used for analysis. The results demonstrated that the emphasis on explanation driven inquiry-based experimental activities had positive effect on students' science attitude and scientific explanation ability in science learning with the support of the mobile learning environment.
Document Type: Research Article
Affiliations: 1: Graduate Institute of Network Learning Technology, National Central University, No. 300, Jungda Road, Jhongli City, Taoyuan, Taiwan. 2: Department of Mechanical Engineering, National Central University, No. 300, Jungda Road, Jhongli City, Taoyuan, Taiwan
Publication date: 2012-05-01
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