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Updating and Expanding a Successful Vygotsky-Based Science Education Program Using Distance Technologies
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, Immaculata University, United States ; , Drexel University, United States

E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education, in Phoenix, Arizona, USA ISBN 978-1-880094-50-1 Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE), San Diego, CA

Abstract

The Third International Mathematics and Science Survey (1995) and subsequent studies have thoroughly documented the woefully inadequate science preparation of U.S. teachers. This paper presents a potential solution to this problem that is based on the early (1970's) work of Landsown, Blackwood, and Brandwein, who developed a Vygotsky-based model of science concept teaching. They used inquiry-oriented investigations combined with student-directed colloquia to develop science concepts and higher-level thinking skills. Lansdown and her colleagues validated the investigation/colloquium method with a wide variety of K-8 students, preservice teachers, and experienced teachers. This paper describes: a revised and expanded approach that uses WWW technologies to deliver and support the science teaching; a successful pilot study; and plans for refining the curriculum and disseminating it efficiently to large numbers of teachers, with particular focus on teachers and students in urban schools.

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Charnitski, C.W. & Harvey, F.A. (2003). Updating and Expanding a Successful Vygotsky-Based Science Education Program Using Distance Technologies. In A. Rossett (Ed.), Proceedings of E-Learn 2003--World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education (pp. 35-38). Phoenix, Arizona, USA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE). Retrieved August 3, 2020 from .

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