Investigating the effects of digital storytelling use in sixthgrade science course: a mixed method research study

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2018
Çiçek, Mithat
The main purpose of this study was to examine the effects of Digital Storytelling (DST) use in a 6th grade science course. Specifically, this study investigated how students’ academic achievement, learning strategies, and attitudes toward creating Digital Stories (DS) in a science course were influenced by DST. Additionally, students’ opinions based on DST use, and the quality of the DSs created by the students were determined. In this manner, 88 students in the 6th grade participated in this study and were assigned between one Control Group and two experimental groups. Embedded experimental model was selected as the research design, and nonequivalent control group pretest-posttest design was employed in the current study. While quantitative data were collected by using five different instruments, qualitative data were gathered through standardized open-ended interviews and observation form. The collected quantitative data were analyzed by applying descriptive and inferential statistics, and the qualitative data were examined through content analysis method. vi The results concluded that DST contributed to the students’ academic achievement and learning strategies. Besides, students had positive attitudes toward creating DS, and females had statistically significant higher attitude scores than males. Additionally, the interviews and observations revealed many positive effects of DST in various respects, some preferences of students for creating DS, challenges they faced during the process, and several suggestions originating from the students. Lastly, the examination of DSs illustrated that even though there were some problematic issues related to the use of some components of DS, students in both experimental groups performed satisfactorily when considering the entire process.

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M. Çiçek, “Investigating the effects of digital storytelling use in sixthgrade science course: a mixed method research study,” Ph.D. - Doctoral Program, Middle East Technical University, 2018.