AAS Meeting #194 - Chicago, Illinois, May/June 1999
Session 70. Astronomy and Education
Display, Wednesday, June 2, 1999, 10:00am-6:30pm, Southwest Exhibit Hall

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[70.18] Explorers of the Universe: Interactive Collaborations via the Internet

G. Burks (Tennessee State University)

This proposal details how self-directed case-based research with earth/space investigations, and instruction together with collaborative interactions with teachers, students, scientists, and university educators using metacognitive tools (e.g., concept maps, interactive vee diagrams, and thematic organizers), and innovative technology promotes meaningful learning in ways that differ from conventional and atypical educational settings. Our Explorers of the Universe Scientific/Literacy project (http://explorers.tsuniv.edu) promotes earth/space science inquires in non-conventional learning environments with middle, secondary, and postsecondary students. Outlined are programs and educational processes and outcomes that meet both local and national contexts for achieving meaningful learner-centered science and mathematics goals.

All information is entered electronically by students and collected for analyses in a database at our TSU web server. Scientists and university educators review and respond to these postings of students by writing in their electronic notebooks, commenting on their concept maps and interactive vee diagrams, and guiding them to pertinent papers and journal articles. Teachers are active learners with their students. They facilitate the learning process by guiding students in their inquires, evoking discussions, and involving their students with other affiliated schools whose students may be engaged in similar research topics. Teachers manage their student electronic accounts by assigning passwords, determining the degree of portfolio sharing among students, and responding to student inquires. Students post their thoughts, progress, inquires, and data on their individualized electronic notebook. Likewise, they plan, carry out, and finalize their case-based research using electronic transmissions via e-mail and the Internet of their concept maps and interactive vee diagrams. Their peer-edited papers are posted on the WWW for others to read and react. The final process involves students developing CDs of their case research report, which serves as a longitudinal case for others to pursue.

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