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Scaffolding for Biology

By Alec S. Mitnik

Abstract

In this project, a microworld was created in an ASSISTment, a computer based program that assists students with inquiry as it collects data to assess their performance, that assessed middle school students\u27 knowledge of ecology and inquiry skills while addressing common misconceptions in food webs. The students\u27 prior knowledge of ecology was assessed through pretest items. Through two problem scenarios in the microworld, the students were assessed on their inquiry skills and knowledge. Their gains in knowledge were then assessed through the same pretest items given in a posttest. The project did successfully assess the students\u27 inquiry skills and knowledge, although there is room for improvements in the microworld and scaffolding that should be made before further implementation

Publisher: Digital WPI
Year: 2011
OAI identifier: oai:digitalcommons.wpi.edu:iqp-all-1638
Provided by: DigitalCommons@WPI

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