Using PDA to enhance social science learning with inquiry-based strategies

Chien Wen Chuang, Ju Ling Shih, Gwo Jen Hwang

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Abstract

This study presents a mobile exploration activity that guides elementary students to learn in social science activity with digital supports from mobile devices and wireless communications. The students are situated in both the real world and the virtual world to extend their learning experiences. The learning activities between the field and the digital system not only demonstrate the practices of mobile learning which emphasizes learning to happen close to real life but also provide learning content to facilitate students' field studies. Moreover, a comprehensive evaluation method has been used to analyze the learning effectiveness. Based on inquiry-based learning principles, students use the handheld device, PDA, to do the investigations. By constructing their own knowledge, students' learning performances are hoped to be enhanced. This research took Peace Temple in Tainan as an example and invited 33 fifth graders to participate. Through pre-and post-class questionnaires as well as observations and focus group interviews, descriptive quantitative and qualitative data were collected and analyzed. The results show significant positive results to students' learning.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 17th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2009
Pages543-550
Number of pages8
StatePublished - 2009
Event17th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2009 - Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Duration: 30 Nov 20094 Dec 2009

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 17th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2009

Conference

Conference17th International Conference on Computers in Education, ICCE 2009
Country/TerritoryHong Kong
CityHong Kong
Period30/11/094/12/09

Keywords

  • Historic monument investigations
  • Inquiry-based learning
  • Learning performance
  • Mobile learning

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