Approaches of inquiry learning with multimedia resources in primary classrooms

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This study aims to examine the design of approaches for inquiry learning with multimedia resources in primary classrooms. The study describes the development of a multimedia learning unit that helps learners understand the natural phenomenon of the movement of the Earth. An analysis of the use of the multimedia learning unit by a teacher in two classes of pupils aged 10-12, with different pedagogical approaches, was reported. The multimedia learning unit was used by the teacher in the first class with her own understanding of inquiry learning, which is a teacher-oriented approach with mainly teacher control of the learning. She shifted to a more learneroriented approach of inquiry with another class after receiving suggestions from the lesson observers. A comparison of the prelesson and postlesson tests was conducted to study the learning achievement of the two classes of learners using the same multimedia unit. The results showed that though there were significant improvements in learning achievement in both classes, the teaching with a learner-oriented approach with less teacher controlled over the use of multimedia components resulted in learners' better achievement. The study concludes with suggestions on design of teaching based on inquiry learning with multimedia learning resources and the shift to a more learner-oriented inquiry approach. Copyright © 2007 Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)329-354
JournalJournal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007




So, W.-M. W., & Kong, S.-C. (2007). Approaches of inquiry learning with multimedia resources in primary classrooms. Journal of Computers in Mathematics and Science Teaching, 26(4), 329-354.


  • Inquiry method
  • Earth science/Teaching/Primary grades
  • Earth science/Computer aids
  • Multimedia
  • Elementary education/Hong Kong