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Project-based learning with the world wide web: A qualitative study of resource integration

  • Susan M. LandEmail author
  • Barbara A. Greene
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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to investigate the process used by learners to seek, locate, and integrate information resources for use in a project-based environment. Four cases (n=9) were analyzed from an introductory educational technology course during a unit on telecommunications. Participants were asked to generate projects for integrating the Internet into the curriculum. Within this project-based context, learners searched for information resources that would accompany their project ideas. Three major findings related to use of hypermedia systems during project-based learning are discussed: (a) progressing from data-driven to goal-driven approaches was critical to developing coherent project ideas; (b) consolidation of information resources with project methods and rationales was challenging for learners, often resulting in topic “drifts” or idea simplification; and (c) metacognitive, domain, and system knowledge appeared critical to achieving coherence in project development. Implications related to the role of instructional scaffolding in encouraging goal-driven and metacognitive processing during open-ended learning are considered.

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Coherence Qualitative Study Educational Technology Project Development Project Method 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.the Instructional Systems Program at The Pennsylvania State UniversityUSA
  2. 2.University of Oklahoma's Instructional Psychology and Technology ProgramUSA

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