Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item:
Using WebQuest as a universal design for learning tool to enhance teaching and learning in teacher preparation programs
Research projects
Teacher preparation
Issue Date: 
Yang, C., Tzuo, P. W., & Komara, C. (2011). Using WebQuest as a universal design for learning tool to enhance teaching and learning in teacher preparation programs. Journal of College Teaching and Learning, 8(3), 21-30.
Developed by Dodge (1995), WebQuest is an inquiry-based teaching tool, in which students of all ages and levels
participate in an authentic task that use pre-designed, pre-defined internet resources, though other print resources
can also be used. Learners will put the focus on gathering, summarizing, synthesizing, and evaluating the
information within clearly defined parameters in order to accomplish an authentic task set by the instructor.
WebQuest takes a problem-solving approach and exhibits a clear structure that guides the learning processes and
interactions (Dodge, 2001), and can be used for different subject areas across age levels, from young children to
adult learners (Ezell, Klein, Hines, & Hall, 2003). In teacher preparation, research has shown that WebQuest
enhanced problem-solving skills, higher order thinking, motivation, creativity, critical thinking, active learning,
connection to authentic contexts (Abu-Elwan, 2007; Allan & Street, 2007; Lim & Hernandez, 2007) and assisted in
bridging the theory to practice gap (Lim & Hernandez, 2007). It should be noted that most studies were conducted
on the subject areas of Math, literacy, or science. In Singapore context, many local teachers still haven’t heard of
WebQuest and learned about using WebQuest in their teaching. Further, few research studies have focused on
establishing WebQuest as an evidence-based practice in enhancing teaching and learning or a pedagogy promoting
Universal Design for Learning and inquiry based learning. This research project intends to introduce WebQuest, to
be modelled and integrated in a course training special education pre-service teachers (allied educators) in
Singapore. Specifically, the following research questions were posed: (1) Does the use of WebQuest in teacher
preparation promote special education teachers’ understanding on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) in
accommodating students with diverse learning needs? (2) Does WebQuest a useful tool to enhance teacher’s higher
order thinking, engagement, creativity, and collaborative learning skills? (3) Does the use of WebQuest in teacher
preparation foster stronger desires for teachers to integrate ICT in teaching and learn more about WebQuest?
Forty one teacher responded to a survey questionnaire after experiencing WebQuest developed by the course
instructor in teacher preparation program. Teachers also learned about WebQuest as an Universal Design for
Learning tool for students with diverse learning needs. The majoirty of teachers indicated strong favors over
WebQuest activities over traditional teacher-directed learning methods. All participants found WebQuest helpful in
accommodating individual differences and learning styles (Agree: 68.3%; Strongly agree: 31.7%). Forty teachers
(N=41) reflected that they used more critical thinking and problem solving skills when they engaged in the
WebQuest activities developed by the instructor (39% strongly agree and 56.1% agree). Thirty nine teachers
agreed that they were required to use more creativity when they engaged in the WebQuest activities (24.4% of
teachers stronly agree and 68.3% agree). The majority of teachers (26.8% strongly agree and 68.3% agree) felt that
they know more about ways to incorporate technology for teaching and learning after experiencing WebQuest in
this class. They also indicated that they would like to use more technology and web resources in teaching in the
future after learning about WebQuest (41.5% strongly agree and 53.7% agree).
1544-0389 (print)
2157-894X (online)
Other Identifiers: 
Appears in Collections:Journal Articles

Files in This Item:
File Description SizeFormat 
JCTL-8-3-21.pdf235.82 kBAdobe PDFView/Open
Show full item record

Page view(s) 50

Last Week
Last month
checked on Nov 16, 2018

Download(s) 10

checked on Nov 16, 2018