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A web-based collaboration environment for k-12 math and science teachers

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3 Author(s)
Liang Dong ; Clemson Univ., Clemson, SC, USA ; Marshall, J. ; Wang, J.

Student performance in middle school math and science is in a perilous state. This crisis is reflected in results on key national assessments such as NAEP that indicate that less than one-third of students in the 8th grade perform at a proficient or higher level in math or science. To address this issue, an innovative Instructional Model, the 4E × 2 Model, was recently proposed by us to improve the achievement of students via rigorous and authentic inquiry-based learning experiences. This Model aims to help K-12 teachers facilitate learning that includes explicitly addressing formative assessment, inquiry instruction, and reflective practice at each step of the pedagogical process. This paper focuses on the design and implementation of a Web-based community to provide collaborative support for the 4E × 2 Model. This Web-based community includes a set of on-line tools that allow math and science teachers to create, refine, and disseminate their inquiry-based lesson plans.

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Frontiers in Education Conference, 2009. FIE '09. 39th IEEE

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18-21 Oct. 2009