טכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל
הטכניון מכון טכנולוגי לישראל - בית הספר ללימודי מוסמכים  
M.Sc Thesis
M.Sc StudentHochberg Nurit
SubjectMetacognitive Skills of Students Participating in WISE
Project
DepartmentDepartment of Education in Science and Technology
Supervisor Professor Tali Tal


Abstract

One of the contemporary goals in science education is finding ways to prepare students to make the Internet a lifelong learning resource. However, students require necessary skills for judging evidence from a wide range of sources. In this study, we used the Web-Based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE), which is an online science-learning environment. The students worked on the Malaria inquiry project. Our aim was to assess the development of high order thinking skills such as argumentation, problem solving and reflective thinking while working on a WISE project and to implement portfolio-based assessment for project-base science. The project was enacted with 9th graders in three junior high schools in Israel. We used students' portfolios, pre- post open response questionnaires, and interviews with target students. Our findings indicate that our students improved substantially in most of the assessed skills. Most of the students provided many more reasons for their statements in the final stages of the project, both in their portfolios and in the post project questionnaire and interviews. They acknowledged the exposure to controversial topics and enjoyed the process of providing evidence to their conclusions. The project allowed all the parties to involve in a real collaboration of students and teachers of different background, which often experience social and political conflicts.