Connecting Children Internationally for Science Instruction: Using the Internet to Support Learning about Lunar Phases

Walter Smith, Jongpil Cheon, Faiza Jabri, Stephen Reynolds, Amira Zebidi

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Abstract

This study investigates the effect on children’s science understanding of Internet-based instruction called the MOON Project that allows children from around the world in grades 4-8 to observe the Moon for several weeks and then share their lunar data internationally to find global patterns in the Moon’ behavior. Students in two American and one Australian class took the Comprehensive Moon Phases Assessment as a pre- and post-test. Instruction in two of the three classes shared some common characteristics such as exchanging data internationally and focusing on finding global patterns in the Moon’s behavior; but the instruction in each classroom was under the teacher’s control and thus varied from place to place. Overall and in two of the three classes the students’ understanding of lunar phases improved significantly.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)526-532
JournalEducational Research and Reviews
StatePublished - Oct 2012

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