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WISE Science: Web-Based Inquiry in the Classroom


reviewed by Sharon J. Morrisette June 24, 2009

coverTitle: WISE Science: Web-Based Inquiry in the Classroom
Author(s): James D. Slotta and Marcia C. Linn
Publisher: Teachers College Press, New York
ISBN: 0807749494, Pages: 216 , Year: 2009
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In 1985 when the American Association for the Advancement of Science initiated Project 2061, it was understood that changes needed to be made in the educational system from kindergarten through twelfth grade if the United States was to become a nation of scientifically literate citizens. Science for All Americans (1989, 1990) was then published to lay the foundation of how this project would unfold. That book told us a “science-literate person uses scientific knowledge and scientific ways of thinking for individual and social purposes.” More recently, James Slotta and Marcia Linn, the authors of WISE Science (2009), give the reader a view of how they have been working with students from sixth through twelfth grade to develop science literacy. WISE Science can be divided into four main parts. In the first two chapters the reader is introduced to problems related to technology education and how WISE (Web-based Inquiry Science Environments) has... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record, Date Published: June 24, 2009
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 15675, Date Accessed: 10/22/2017 11:42:15 AM

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  • Sharon Morrisette
    University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign
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    SHARON J. MORRISETTE is a doctoral student at the University of Illinois, Urbana/Champaign. She returned to school after thirty-four years as an elementary science teacher and now teaches preservice teachers their science methods courses. She also supervises elementary student teachers in their teaching practicum. Her interests lie in looking at making science accessible to marginalized students (e.g. middle school girls, students from low socioeconomic status, English language learners, etc.), especially using technology. Her publications include Web-Based Inquiry Projects that use "New Media" and Some Ideas on using Technology in the Elementary Classroom published by The International Journal of Learning in 2007. (The International Journal of Learning. Volume 14 , Issue 2, pp. 1-10). Currently, she is working on research associated with English language learners and how to make science accessible for them.
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