THE ROLE OF GENERAL INQUIRY KNOWLEDGE IN ENHANCING STUDENTS’ TRANSFORMATIVE INQUIRY PROCESSES IN A WEB-BASED LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

TitleTHE ROLE OF GENERAL INQUIRY KNOWLEDGE IN ENHANCING STUDENTS’ TRANSFORMATIVE INQUIRY PROCESSES IN A WEB-BASED LEARNING ENVIRONMENT
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2014
AuthorsMäeots, M, Pedaste, M
JournalJournal of Baltic Science Education
Volume13
Issue1
Start Page19-31
PaginationContinuous
Date PublishedFebruary/2014
Type of ArticleOriginal article
ISSN1648-3898
Other NumbersICID: 1093370
Keywordscomputer-supported inquiry learning, general inquiry knowledge, transformative and regulative inquiry processes
Abstract

Inquiry has been regarded internationally as an effective learning approach for science learning; however, it is still not actively used in many schools. The current study argues that one of the reasons is incompleteness of the model for inquiry. This study seeks to open inquiry from a new angle by bringing in general inquiry knowledge, which could be regarded as an important limitation in enhancing inquiry. Next, it is empirically tested if general inquiry knowledge is related to the level of students’ transformative inquiry skills. General inquiry knowledge pertains to the nature of a coherent inquiry process as a whole, comprehending knowledge about transformative and regulative inquiry processes. In this study, students’ general inquiry knowledge and transformative inquiry skills were evaluated in a web-based learning environment Young Researcher. The analysis of the results demonstrated that the learning environment was suitable for improving students’ general inquiry knowledge, and these are related with the level of transformative inquiry skills.

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