Development of an Elementary Science Curriculum based on Modern Astrobiology to Assess the Effectiveness of Computer Technology on Learning

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Hdl Handle:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/607912
Title:
Development of an Elementary Science Curriculum based on Modern Astrobiology to Assess the Effectiveness of Computer Technology on Learning
Authors:
Nassif, Thomas Harttung
Abstract:
A science curriculum was created to enhance student awareness of Astrobiological research and to assess the effectiveness o f computers on learning. Three curricular units (water, microscopic life, hydrothermal vents) emphasize life's origins and the potential existence of life beyond Earth. This study assessed the academic benefits of computers among Grade 4 students (n=49). The curricular material between test (computer use) and control groups differed only in student use o f computers (Internet. Excel, Kid Pix. and Powerpoint) for activities. All students’ scores improved from pre- to posttest (t=l 7.4. p=0). Posttest scores did not differ between groups (t=0.54, p=0.59), suggesting the assessments’ inability to detect student computer skills and the variability in usefulness of different computer applications. Take-home projects involving Internet research resulted in higher scores among test group students (t=2.7, p=0.01). Test group students were on par with the control group for every assessment, and developed valuable skills in the process.
Affiliation:
American University
Issue Date:
2001
URI:
http://hdl.handle.net/11290/607912
Submitted date:
2015-09-29
Document Source:
Dissertation/Thesis
Language:
English Paper
Type Of Resource:
Empirical Research
Empirical Methodology:
Quantitative
Learning Environment:
Formal
Subjects:
Elementary Students
Construct:
Content Knowledge
Content:
Astrobiology/Exoplanets
Nation:
USA
Appears in Collections:
Astronomy Education Research

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dc.contributor.authorNassif, Thomas Harttungen
dc.date.accessioned2016-05-04T08:57:43Zen
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dc.date.issued2001en
dc.date.submitted2015-09-29en
dc.identifier.urihttp://hdl.handle.net/11290/607912en
dc.description.abstractA science curriculum was created to enhance student awareness of Astrobiological research and to assess the effectiveness o f computers on learning. Three curricular units (water, microscopic life, hydrothermal vents) emphasize life's origins and the potential existence of life beyond Earth. This study assessed the academic benefits of computers among Grade 4 students (n=49). The curricular material between test (computer use) and control groups differed only in student use o f computers (Internet. Excel, Kid Pix. and Powerpoint) for activities. All students’ scores improved from pre- to posttest (t=l 7.4. p=0). Posttest scores did not differ between groups (t=0.54, p=0.59), suggesting the assessments’ inability to detect student computer skills and the variability in usefulness of different computer applications. Take-home projects involving Internet research resulted in higher scores among test group students (t=2.7, p=0.01). Test group students were on par with the control group for every assessment, and developed valuable skills in the process.en
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dc.titleDevelopment of an Elementary Science Curriculum based on Modern Astrobiology to Assess the Effectiveness of Computer Technology on Learningen
dc.typeDissertation/Thesisen
dc.contributor.departmentAmerican Universityen
dc.type.resourceEmpirical Researchen
dc.istar.learningenvironmentFormalen
dc.istar.constructContent Knowledgeen
dc.istar.contentAstrobiology/Exoplanetsen
dc.istar.nationUSAen
dc.istar.empiricalmethodologyQuantitativeen
dc.istar.subjectElementary Studentsen
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