e-Work Creating for Place-Based Learning (PBL)

By Ching-Huang Wang, Mien-Hsia Ting, De-Wei Lin, Hui-Chien Yen and Pei-Shan Su.

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This study aimed to explore sixty-one Taiwanese college students’ (M: 14, F: 47) responses to a place-based-learning(PBL)-oriented e-Work Creating activity in an English Reading course offered in the Spring Semester of 2011. Data sources included a six-point likert scale questionnaire that included a space for free comments, student e-works, student reflection papers, class observation, and follow-up e-mail interviews. As the results of the questionnaire suggested, 87%–98% of the responding students reported e-work creating significantly helped them learn about Yunlin County (item 1: 98%; M=5.07), increase their person–community relationship (item 2: 93%; M=4.65), increase their person–nature relationship (item 3: 93%; M=4.73), and become good citizens (item 4: 87%; M=4.51). Moreover, as the results for items 1.1–1.8 showed, the responding students agreed that the e-Work Creating activity allowed them to learn more about scenic spots (item 1.5: 95%; M=5.18) and local food (item 1.6: 96%; M=5.15) than the other elements, but 51% of the responding students reported that they did not learn about animal husbandry (item 1.4: M=3.44) through the e-Work Creating. The positive results for the questionnaire items were particularly bolstered by the students’ reflection papers, and some negative results for certain items were explained through students’ reflection papers, students’ free comments in their questionnaires, and follow-up e-mail interviews. Interested teachers may consider implementing the PBL theory into their teaching contexts, such as English for Tourism, Children’s Literature, and Language and Culture. Implications are also drawn for interested instructors and/or researchers and/to conduct similar and/or further studies on PBL-oriented e-Work Creating activity, which may contribute to the research, theory, and practice of PBL and critical literacy.

Keywords: Place-Based Learning (PBL), e-Work Creating, Yunlin County

International Journal of Technology, Knowledge and Society, Volume 8, Issue 4, pp.49-64. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 2.386MB).

Prof. Ching-Huang Wang

Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Applied Foreign Languages, National Formosa University, Yun-lin, Taiwan

Professor in the Department of Applied Foreign Languages at National Formosa University, Taiwan, is mainly engaged in research in TESOL, bibliotherapy, identity, critical literacy, and syllabus design.

Mien-Hsia Ting

Senior, Applied Foreign Languages, National Formosa University, Yunlin, Taiwan

De-Wei Lin

Senior, Applied Foreign Languages, National Formosa University, Yunlin, Taiwan

Hui-Chien Yen

Senior, Applied Foreign Languages, National Formosa University, Yunlin, Taiwan

Pei-Shan Su

Senior, Applied Foreign Languages, National Formosa University, Yunlin, Taiwan


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