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Evaluation of and Authentic Learning Environment for Teaching Scientific Inquiry Skills


American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting,


Instruction in Scientific Inquiry Skills (ISIS) is part of a seven-year Air Force effort--the Fundamental Skills Training Project--to design, build, evaluate, and transition advanced computer-aided instruction to the education community. This report describes ISIS 2.0 and presents the results of an initial field evaluation of the software during the 1995-1996 academic year. The description of cognitive apprenticeship as implemented by ISIS includes modeling expert knowledge and performance skills, coaching as a collaborative effort, structuring, fading authentic knowledge and skill performance, and reflection and articulation. Results are classified according to overall test scores, development of a research question, generation of a hypothesis, design of an experiment, conduction of an experiment, drawing a conclusion, acceptance or rejection of hypotheses, and domain knowledge. Findings indicate that ISIS improves students' scientific inquiry skills more than traditional large-class instruction. Students' skills and domain knowledge grew in a linear fashion as experience with the tutoring system increased. This pre- to post-test gain was found to be larger for inquiry skills than for the domain knowledge. Contains 16 references. (JRH)


Steuck, K. & Miller, T.M. (1997). Evaluation of and Authentic Learning Environment for Teaching Scientific Inquiry Skills. Presented at American Educational Research Association Annual Meeting 1997. Retrieved June 18, 2019 from .

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