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Using Google Sites to Promote 7th Graders’ Information Literacy, Reading Comprehension, and Information Technology Through Inquiry-Based Learning in Taiwan

  • Yuang-Ling Lai
  • Chin-I Jen
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 552)

Abstract

The purpose of this research is to analyze the effects of collaborative teaching approach and inquiry-based learning (IBL). To facilitate the study, the researcher used Google Sites, an online application, to create a team website. The participants consisted of 28 seventh-grade students, a Teacher Librarian (who is also the teacher of the subject unit) and a Computer Teacher. Quantitative data were collected through information literacy (IL) assessment, PISA, after-class test, IT measurement and questionnaires. Qualitative data were collected through Google Sites documents, interviews, and observations. The findings are: (a) two teachers played essential roles in preparing students with IL, reading comprehension and IT skills through their collaboration and instructional content design; (b) students’ IT skills improved significantly after employing IBL; (c) collaborative teaching and IBL have positive impacts on the development of students’ IL, reading comprehension, curriculum content, and IT skills; (d) the participants’ attitude and perceptions showed positive effects towards the Google Sites collaborative process.

Keywords

Collaborative teaching Inquiry-based learning Information literacy Information technology Reading comprehension 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This research was supported in part by the Ministry of Science and Technology in Taiwan (Grant MOST 103-2511-S-142-019).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Regional and Social DevelopmentNational Taichung University of EducationTaichungTaiwan
  2. 2.Department of EducationNational Taichung University of EducationTaichungTaiwan

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