Increasing Science Skills and Interest Through the Use of an e-Learning Tool: A Mixed-Method Quasi-Experimental Evaluation
Wednesday, June 21 10:15-10:45 AM
This purpose of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of a new life science e-learning tool implemented in fourth and fifth grade classes during the spring of 2016. 329 students in 5 states participated in the study. The study investigated whether students who used the new e-learning tool showed stronger life science skills than comparable students using other life science materials and whether students who used the e-learning tool increased their interest in science. The study employed a quasi-experimental pre/post, treatment/control group design in addition to qualitative data collection. The results indicate that students who used the e-learning tool outperformed the comparison students. Students reported an increase in interest in science after using the e-learning tool. Teachers found the e-learning tool to be effective in increasing skills and interest in life science and to be useful for meeting the requirements for Common Core non-fiction reading.