A Thematic Review of Interactive Whiteboard Use in Science Education: Rationales, Purposes, Methods and General Knowledge

ORMANCI Ü., ÇEPNİ S., Deveci I., Aydin O.

JOURNAL OF SCIENCE EDUCATION AND TECHNOLOGY, vol.24, no.5, pp.532-548, 2015 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Review
  • Volume: 24 Issue: 5
  • Publication Date: 2015
  • Doi Number: 10.1007/s10956-014-9543-3
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED), Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI), Scopus
  • Page Numbers: pp.532-548
  • Keywords: Interactive whiteboard, Literature, Science education, Thematic review, TAIWANESE ELEMENTARY MATHEMATICS, TEACHERS, TECHNOLOGY, STUDENTS, TRENDS, PERCEPTIONS, VIEWS, TPACK, TALK
  • Bursa Uludag University Affiliated: Yes


In Turkey and many other countries, the importance of the interactive whiteboard (IWB) is increasing, and as a result, projects and studies are being conducted regarding the use of the IWB in classrooms. Accordingly, in these countries, many issues are being researched, such as the IWB's contribution to the education process, its use in classroom settings and problems that occur when using the IWB. In this context, the research and analysis of studies regarding the use of the IWB have important implications for educators, researchers and teachers. This study aims to review and analyze studies conducted regarding the use of the IWB in the field of science. Accordingly, as a thematic review of the research was deemed appropriate, extant articles available in the literature were analyzed using a matrix that consisted of general features (type of journal, year and demographic properties) and content features (rationales, aims, research methods, samples, data collections, results and suggestions). According to the findings, it was concluded that the studies regarding the use of IWBs were conducted due to deficiencies in the current literature. However, there are rare studies in which the reasons for the research were associated with the nature of science education. There were also studies that focused on the effects of the IWB on student academic success and learning outcomes. Within this context, it is evident that there is a need for further research concerning the use of IWBs in science education and for studies regarding the effect of IWBs on students' skills.