Deconstructing and reconstructing: Transforming primary science learning via a mobilized curriculum

Baohui ZHANG, Chee Kit LOOI, Peter SEOW, Gean CHIA, Lung-Hsiang WONG, Wenli CHEN, Hyo-Jeong SO, Elliot SOLOWAY, Cathie NORRIS

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Abstract

The history of science education reform has been fundamentally centered around science curriculum development and implementation. The advent of mobile technologies has necessitated a re-examination of how students could better learn science through these 21st century tools. Conventional teaching materials may not prepare students to learn the inquiry way and to become self-directed and social learners who could learn "everywhere and all the time (seamlessly)" using mobile technologies. This paper is based on our first year of work in our mobile learning research project in transforming primary three science lessons into a "mobilized" curriculum for a classroom context in which students routinely use mobile technologies. Using an exemplar fungi topic, we discuss our approach as well as experiences in deconstructing and reconstructing an existing curriculum through a co-design approach with teachers in a Singapore local school. In doing so, we make a contribution to the methodology for developing mobilized science curricula for in-class learning that also extends to out-of-class learning. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1504-1523
JournalComputers & Education
Volume55
Issue number4
Early online dateJul 2010
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2010

Citation

Zhang, B., Looi, C.-K., Seow, P., Chia, G., Wong, L.-H., Chen, W., . . . Norris, C. (2010). Deconstructing and reconstructing: Transforming primary science learning via a mobilized curriculum. Computers & Education, 55(4), 1504-1523. doi: 10.1016/j.compedu.2010.06.016

Keywords

  • Science Education
  • Computer-mediated communication
  • Elementary education
  • Teaching/learning strategies
  • Mobile learning
  • Curriculum development

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