Zoowise: web-based design for learning in and about science
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Grounded in contemporary perspectives on learning science as inquiry and built upon empirical research evidence pointing to the significant role of technology tools in supporting this kind of learning, we present a framework that informed the design of a web-based science inquiry task on endangered animals called ZooWISE. The overarching principle guiding our framework is learning science as inquiry with an emphasis on model-based reasoning. ZooWise integrates both content and process learning and addresses cognitive, epistemological and social goals of science. The framework has implications about the design of web-based learning environments aiming at enhancing science learning as inquiry, learning about the nature of science and developing an understanding of the work of scientists.