Adapting and customizing web-based inquiry science environments to promote Taiwanese students’ learning of science

Hsin Yi Chang, Ying Shao Hsu, Jung Yi Hung

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Abstract

Features of the Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE) such as interactive dynamic visualizations, science inquiry, and online critiquing address educational reform efforts. However, how such reform-based learning environment developed in the US addresses the needs of teachers and students in Taiwan requires investigations. In this chapter, we reviewed research on the customizations and implementations of WISE units in Taiwan to discuss issues including: teacher adaptation from teacher-centered to inquiry-based instruction, the impact of the WISE units on students’ learning of science, different instructional approaches to the use of the WISE units and their effects, and the relationship between students’ experiences of learning with WISE units and their ability to formulate scientific explanations. We reflected on the issue of the role of the WISE units as replacement for or as supplementary to the conventional textbook instruction. We also discussed the remaining issues for future research.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationScience Education Research and Practice in Asia
Subtitle of host publicationChallenges and Opportunities
PublisherSpringer Singapore
Pages443-459
Number of pages17
ISBN (Electronic)9789811008474
ISBN (Print)9789811008450
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Jan 1

Keywords

  • Inquiry
  • Professional development
  • Science learning
  • Science teaching
  • Secondary education
  • Teacher adaptation
  • Web-based learning environment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)

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    Chang, H. Y., Hsu, Y. S., & Hung, J. Y. (2016). Adapting and customizing web-based inquiry science environments to promote Taiwanese students’ learning of science. In Science Education Research and Practice in Asia: Challenges and Opportunities (pp. 443-459). Springer Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-10-0847-4_24