Using interactive technology to support students’ understanding of the greenhouse effect and global warming

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TitleUsing interactive technology to support students’ understanding of the greenhouse effect and global warming
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2012
AuthorsVarma, K, Linn, MC
JournalJournal of Science Education and Technology
Volume21
Issue4
Pagination453 - 464
Date Published2012/08//
ISBN Number1059-0145
Keywords*Original 959, 1WAC, 2AWB, curriculum, environmental education, global warming, greenhouse effect, Include, Include WAC, interactive technologies, Middle School Students, R1 FINAL INCLUDE, Round1 Include, Student Attitudes, student understanding, technology
AbstractIn this work, we examine middle school students’ understanding of the greenhouse effect and global warming. We designed and refined a technology-enhanced curriculum module called Global Warming: Virtual Earth. In the module activities, students conduct virtual experiments with a visualization of the greenhouse effect. They analyze data and draw conclusions about how individual variables effect changes in the Earth’s temperature. They also carry out inquiry activities to make connections between scientific processes, the socio-scientific issues, and ideas presented in the media. Results show that participating in the unit increases students’ understanding of the science. We discuss how students integrate their ideas about global climate change as a result of using virtual experiments that allow them to explore meaningful complexities of the climate system. (PsycINFO Database Record (c) 2012 APA, all rights reserved). (journal abstract)
Short TitleJournal of Science Education and Technology