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Real-Time Analysis of Student Comprehension: An Assessment of Electronic Student Response Technology in an Introductory Earth Science Course
This article describes an evualuation of the effectiveness of electronic student response technologies (SRT). These wireless systems allow students to key in responses with remote control units to questions posed by an instructor in the classroom. Student responses then are displayed in real time, allowing both students and instructors to gauge student comprehension instantaneously. Researchers conducted a multi-faceted assessment of the use of SRT in four sections of a high-enrollment introductory Earth Science course at Penn State University. The assessment included quantitative and qualitative perception data from students enrolled in the course and faculty/administrator visitors to the classroom. Preliminary assessment of the pedagogical merits of SRT in the course suggests that this technology is an effective tool for introductory geoscience education.
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DLESE Catalog ID: EVAL-TLKT-000-000-000-146
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National Association of Geoscience Teachers (NAGT)
Journal of Geoscience Education (JGE)

Author: Lisa Greer
Geology Department
Washington and Lee University

Author: Peter J. Heaney
Department of Geosciences
Penn State University