A Study of Teacher-Mediated Enhancement of Students’ Organization of Earth Science Knowledge Using Web Diagrams as a Teaching Device

Oct. 09, 2010

Source: Journal of Science Teacher Education, Volume 21, Number 6, 683-701. (October, 2010).

Current research indicates that students with enhanced knowledge networks are more effective in learning science content and applying higher order thinking skills in open-ended inquiry learning.
This research examined teacher implementation of a novel teaching strategy called “web diagramming”. This teaching strategy is a form of network mapping, in a secondary school earth science class.

The authors report evidence for student improvement in knowledge networking, questionnaire-based reports by the students on the merits of web diagramming in terms of interest and usefulness, and information on the collaborating teacher’s perceptions of the process of implementation, including implications for teacher education.

Updated: May. 13, 2011