Science learning via multimedia portal resources: the Scottish case

Elliot, D. , Wilson, D. and Boyle, S. (2014) Science learning via multimedia portal resources: the Scottish case. British Journal of Educational Technology, 45(4), pp. 571-580. (doi: 10.1111/bjet.12085)

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Scotland's rich heritage in the field of science and engineering and recent curricular developments led to major investment in education to equip pupils with improved scientific knowledge and skills. However, due to its abstract and conceptual nature, learning science can be challenging. Literature supports the role of multimedia technology in addressing the difficulties associated with science learning. This paper reports on a two-phase investigation that explored the impact of multimedia resources situated in a national e-learning portal to (1) assist generalist and specialist science teachers' teaching practices and (2) stimulate pupils' interest, encourage engagement and improve overall science learning experiences. Our research also investigated how portal resources facilitated and/or acted as barriers for teaching and learning. Findings from our research affirm that multimedia technology has transformed science learning; with these resources accessible through a national portal, radically different learning experiences ensued. These findings raise serious implications for teacher education and professional development in ensuring that teachers acquire sound science content and pedagogical knowledge as well as practical strategies for utilising technology-rich environments, as this is likely to become the norm. Harnessing the fullest potential that information and communication technology, multimedia and e-learning portals can offer starts by addressing these challenges.

Item Type:Articles
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Boyle, Mr Stephen and Wilson, Mrs Delia and Elliot, Dr Dely
Authors: Elliot, D., Wilson, D., and Boyle, S.
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Creativity Culture and Faith
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Interdisciplinary Science Education Technologies and Learning
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Culture, Literacies, Inclusion & Pedagogy
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > Educational Leadership & Policy
College of Social Sciences > School of Education > People, Place & Social Change
Journal Name:British Journal of Educational Technology
Publisher:Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd.
ISSN (Online):1467-8535

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