Share Paper: Enhancing Scientific Inquiry through computer supported collaborative learning

  1. Kathleen Koenig, University of Cincinnati, United States
  2. Janet Zydney, University of Cincinnati, United States
  3. Casey Hord, University of Cincinnati, United States
  4. Lei Bao, The Ohio State University, United States
Tuesday, June 26 3:30-3:50 PM Vondelpark

Abstract: An engineering design project was designed to lead middle school students through activities focused on the cyclic process of scientific inquiry. Students were given the task to develop a windmill blade system with the most voltage output. This required cycles of design, build, test, and redesign, such that experiments built upon one another; enabling students practice in the scientific thinking and decision making promoted in 21st Century Learning. Initial outcomes, however, were disappointing in that most students conducted each cycle of inquiry as fragmented steps and often resorted to “trial and error”. Students also struggled with synthesizing information to guide ...