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Jeffrey Greene, Cheryl Bolick project wins $435,000 NSF grant

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The National Science Foundation has awarded a $435,000 grant to a project led by Jeffrey Greene, assistant professor of educational psychology, to explore how students use digital libraries to learn about science and history. In particular, they are looking at the learning skills and knowledge necessary to take full advantage of these self-directed libraries, and whether those skills and knowledge can be supported through the digital libraries themselves.

Cheryl Bolick, associate professor of educational technology and social studies education, is a co-principal investigator in the project.

The project, entitled "Realizing the potential of digital libraries through the development of a self-regulated learning intervention designed to foster conceptual understanding in science and history," will begin in Fall 2011 and last for three years.

The project will investigate how and why students learn with digital libraries rather than simply whether they show gains from pre-test to post-test.

The project will examine high school and college students' use of two online resources: The Computational Science Education Reference Desk, a computational science website funded by the NSF, and Documenting the American South, a digital history archive sponsored by the University Library at UNC.