> Dear folks;
> 28, 1996
> Please let me introduce myself and request your help.
> I am a doctoral candidate (at Temple University) in science education. I'm
> having trouble finding educational research that has been conducted in the
> use of educational technology, especially telecommunication/collaboration in
> science classrooms and labs. Even though I'm focusing on applications in
> biology education, work in other science disciplines would also be helpful.
> Can you point me toward relevent:
> journal articles
> university/college departments or
> leaders in this field of research?
> I'm beginning to prepare a journal article on educational technology in
> biology education, and am seeking to form my research questions for the
> dissertation proposal. As I search and search I continue to find precious
> little in the literature. Could this be because the Web is so new?
> I seek to contribute to the small but growing group that is asking "What does
> telecom mean in the lives of our students?"
> I eagerly await your reply.
> Philip L. Mossburg
> PS I plan to use the three level system suggested by Reynolds and Barba in
> their article in the March issue of _Science Scope_. I believe that your
> work is part of Level II; do you agree?
I'm unfamiliar with that system. Green & Growing's From the Ground Up was
adapted from the teacher's guide which accompanies the FTGU video. It was
sheparded by the English and French curriculum Departments, and fits
their grade 12 social studies and science requirements. The English
version was more closely scrutinized and politicised, while the French
department was more autonomous, and is closer to our original vision (as
well, the French guide was written by a science teacher in the
department, while the English was written by outside consultants and
Green & Growing. However, we've found that there is absolutely no market
for the French video and guide. (Manitoba Education has Manitoba
duplication rights to both for free as part of their involvement, and it
is in many schools here)
We prevously created WaterWorks, with The International Coalition for
Land/Water Stewardship in the Red River Basin on water quality issues and
Sustainable development. They own the rights to it, and it was designed
for grade 7. (and only in English)
Because it was originally created for clasroom use, and because we are a
not for profit organization, I find (humbly) that our site has more "Meat"
than most. We survive by selling copies of the video (about 2-3 a month)
which just covers our costs. If not for the grant and inkind services that
funded the project, it wouldn't exist.
As for sources, try our links section and our resource page. McGill
University's EAP and the United Nations WSAA were particularly helpfull
to us. (and we still owe them bigtime)
Do you subscribe to sanet? It's well worth a look at. I'm posting this
there as well to see if there are any others who have suggestions.
Website at http://www.gatewest.net/~green/