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Computers & Education Vol. 86, No. 1 (August 2015) pp. 212–223
Although the Internet has become ubiquitous in students' lives in school and at home, little is known about whether the Internet is used to close or reproduce educational inequalities. Drawing upon Bourdieu's notion of capital, there are two kinds...
Discovering the unequal interest in popular online educational games and its implications: A case study
British Journal of Educational Technology Vol. 47, No. 2 (March 2016) pp. 358–371
Despite the growing scholarly interest in educational computer games, research on popular online educational games is rare. Little is known about which online educational games are popular and to what extent, what kind of users are more interested...
(2007) pp. 1–282
Online inquiry, use of the Web as an information source to conduct inquiry for a scientific question, has become increasingly common in middle schools in recent years. However, while valuable Web resources provide unprecedented learning...
Who are interested in online science simulations? Tracking a trend of digital divide in Internet use
Computers & Education Vol. 76, No. 1 (July 2014) pp. 205–214
Although the Internet has become a major source for disseminating educational resources for science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), little is known about the extent to which these resources are being used, their relationship to...
Computers & Education Vol. 58, No. 1 (January 2012) pp. 181–196
Online inquiry, use of the Web as an information resource to inquire into science, has become increasingly common in middle schools in recent years. However, prior research has found that middle school students tend to use the Web in a superficial...
Topics: Middle School Education
Journal of the Learning Sciences Vol. 20, No. 3 (2011) pp. 342–394
Engaging teachers in discussing and analyzing problems of practice has great potential for teacher professional development, yet little is known about how to facilitate such discussion. This study examined the strategies that experienced...
British Journal of Educational Technology Vol. 49, No. 3 (May 2018) pp. 516–532
This study examined ways in which high school students used mobile devices in physics classrooms and after school, and the impact of in-class and after-school mobile technology use on their physics learning performance and interest. We collected...
A Framework for Supporting Metacognitive Aspects of Online Inquiry through Software-Based Scaffolding
Educational Psychologist Vol. 40, No. 4 (2005) pp. 235–244
Major educational policy groups call on learners to engage in inquiry-based activities. With a growing amount of information now available online, there is an increased focus on online inquiry where learners ask research questions; search digital...
Understanding the relationship between levels of mobile technology use in high school physics classrooms and the learning outcome
British Journal of Educational Technology Vol. 50, No. 2 (March 2019) pp. 750–766
Mobile technology has been increasingly adopted in science education. We generally assume that more innovative use of mobile technology leads to a greater learning outcome. Yet, there is a lack of empirical research to support this assumption. To...
Using Math Apps for Improving Student Learning: An Exploratory Study in an Inclusive Fourth Grade Classroom
TechTrends: Linking Research and Practice to Improve Learning Vol. 59, No. 2 (March 2015) pp. 32–39
Recent years have seen a quick expansion of tablet computers in households and schools. One of the educational affordances of tablet computers is using math apps to engage students in mathematics learning. However, given the short history of the...
Understanding affordances and challenges of three types of video for teacher professional development
Teaching and Teacher Education: An International Journal of Research and Studies Vol. 27, No. 2 (February 2011) pp. 454–462
Although researchers have reported positive effects on teacher learning from observing published video, teachers’ own video, and their colleagues’ video, very few professional development programs have integrated all three types of video to improve...
Journal of Science Education and Technology Vol. 20, No. 5 (October 2011) pp. 468–481
Problem-Based Learning (PBL), an instructional approach originated in medical education, has gained increasing attention in K-12 science education because of its emphasis on self-directed learning and real-world problem-solving. Yet few studies have ...
Supporting Science Teachers in Alignment with State Curriculum Standards through Professional Development: Teachers' Preparedness, Expectations and Their Fulfillment
Journal of Science Education and Technology Vol. 20, No. 4 (August 2011) pp. 422–434
Since "A Nation at Risk" was released in the 1980s, standards-based reform has been the most dominant trend in American educational policy, and the No Child Left Behind Act pushed the trend further by requiring states to develop rigorous curriculum...
Astronauts in Outer Space Teaching Students Science: Comparing Chinese and American Implementations of Space-to-Earth Virtual Classrooms
European Journal of Science and Mathematics Education Vol. 4, No. 3 (2016) pp. 397–412
The purpose of this study was to investigate differences between science lessons taught by Chinese astronauts in a space shuttle and those taught by American astronauts in a space shuttle, both of whom conducted experiments and demonstrations of...
Tracking the Rise of Web Information Needs for Mobile Education and an Emerging Trend of Digital Divide
Computers in the Schools Vol. 32, No. 2 (2015) pp. 83–104
In recent years, smartphones and tablets have been rapidly adopted by consumers worldwide. Within the United States, a growing number of school districts have incorporated tablets into classroom instruction. As mobile technology becomes further...
Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching Vol. 34, No. 4 (October 2015) pp. 455–483
This article presents a research study on the utilization of rapid prototyping design technologies to support integration of contextualized mathematics education into music themed activities at an interdisciplinary summer camp. The “World Music &...