ICT in science teaching Investigating the spreadsheets integration Into science teaching to promote both curriculum aims and science skills via ict strands
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Spreadsheets can be implemented into Science teaching as learning tools. The issue is that whether such ICT integration (Spreadsheets) into science teaching can facilitate both the: a) Promotion of specific curriculum aims and b) development of Science Skills. Apart from that, the development of the ICT strands as the new requirements resulted from the implementation of ICT in education is a necessity. Having in mind the above three areas (Curriculum aims- Science Skills – ICT strands) this study investigates the role of spreadsheets as ICT educational tools into specific lessons of science teaching in promoting these pillars. Three specifically designed science lessons have been taught into a Cypriot primary classroom. Semi-structured interviews from 30 students were conducted as well as systematic observation fields notes and Documentary-Written work analysis were completed collecting qualitative data to answers research questions. The analysis of data revealed the following main results summarized below: • The great majority of students (26 out of 30) indicated positive attitudes towards group working with the use of ICT in science teaching. Students revealed strong willingness to work collaboratively during experimental stage with the use of spreadsheets in science teaching. • Almost all students felt that these ICT integrated science lessons help them to develop specific science skills. Students appeared to apply science skills in the experimental procedure using spreadsheets within Science teaching • Student also indicated that such activities can support both the achievement of curriculum aims and development the five strands of ICT.