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An Exploratory Investigation of Children Learning Science in a Web-Based Learning Environment

Rohaida Mohd. Saat, Kamariah Abu Bakar.

Learning primary science includes the acquisition of science process skills. Studies have shown that integrated science process skills should be taught through some form of training. This study adopts the use of Web-based learning environment in acquiring the Integrated Science Process Skills. The purpose of this study was to unravel the learning processes that occurred in the learning of primary science; particularly in acquiring the skill of controlling variables, in a Web-based learning environment.

The study employed an exploratory qualitative case study which involved nineteen Grade Five children. The participants were selected using the purposive sampling technique. During the study, children explored the specially designed Web-based instructional materials known as 'Science Process Skills in Scientific Exploration', in short SPicE.

The primary data collection techniques used in this study were interviews, children's conversations, observations, children's diary entries and entries from the on-line discussions. Data from interviews, conversations and observations were transcribed while relevant entries from children's diaries and on-line discussions were extracted. Data were analyzed using the constant comparative method.

The findings of the study suggest that there were three dimensions of learning; the cognitive, interpersonal and intrapersonal dimensions. These learning dimensions were intertwined among each other and were influenced by the design features of SPicE


Rohaida Mohd. Saat  (Malaysia)
Lecturer in Science Education
Department of Mathematics and Science Education, Faculty of Education
Universiti Malaya

Kamariah Abu Bakar  (Malaysia)

Faculty of Education
Universiti Malaya

  • Primary science
  • Science prosess skills Web-based learning

(30 min Conference Paper, English)