The use of Web 2.0 Technologies to promote higher order thinking skills
Chittleborough, Gail, Jobling, Wendy, Hubber, Peter and Calnin, Gerard 2008, The use of Web 2.0 Technologies to promote higher order thinking skills, in AARE 2008 : International Education Research Conference - Brisbane, Australian Association for Research in Education, [Coldstream, Vic.].
During 2007 several independent Victorian secondary schools participated in a study exploring the ways in which the use of learning technologies can support the development of higher order thinking skills for students. This paper focuses on the use of Information and Communications Technologies (ICT) including Web 2.0 technologies for promoting effective teaching and learning in science. A case study methodology was used to describe how individual teachers used ICT and Web 2.0 in their settings. Data included interviews (focus group and individual), questionnaires, monitoring of teacher and student use of smart tools, analysis of curriculum documents and delivery methods and of student work samples. The evaluation used an interpretive methodology to investigate five research areas: Higher-order thinking, Metacognitive awareness, Team work/collaboration, Affect towards school/learning and Ownership of learning. Three cases are reported on in this paper. Each describes how student engagement and learning increased and how teachers’ attitudes and skills developed. Examples of student and teacher blogs are provided to illustrate how such technologies encourage students and teachers to look beyond text science.
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Field of Research
130306 Educational Technology and Computing
HERDC Research category
E2 Full written paper - non-refereed / Abstract reviewed
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