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Computers & Education

April 2009 Volume 52, Number 3

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Number of articles: 19

  1. The POD model: Using communities of practice theory to conceptualise student teachers’ professional learning online

    Linda Clarke

    This paper focuses on the broad outcomes of a research project which aimed to analyse and model student teachers’ learning in the online components of an initial teacher education course. It begins... More

    pp. 521-529

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  2. A computer game as a context for non-routine mathematical problem solving: The effects of type of question prompt and level of prior knowledge

    Chun-Yi Lee & Ming-Puu Chen

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of type of question prompt and level of prior knowledge on non-routine mathematical problem solving. A computer game was blended within the ... More

    pp. 530-542

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  3. Community of inquiry as a theoretical framework to foster “epistemic engagement” and “cognitive presence” in online education

    Peter Shea & Temi Bidjerano

    In this paper, several recent theoretical conceptions of technology-mediated education are examined and a study of 2159 online learners is presented. The study validates an instrument designed to... More

    pp. 543-553

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  4. Lasting effects on literacy skills with a computer-assisted learning using syllabic units in low-progress readers

    Jean Ecalle, Annie Magnan & Caroline Calmus

    This study examines the effects of a computer-assisted learning (CAL) program in which syllabic units were highlighted inside words in comparison with a CAL program in which the words were not... More

    pp. 554-561

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  5. Learning secondary mathematics with technology: Exploring the complex interrelationship between students’ attitudes, engagement, gender and achievement

    Anastasios Barkatsas, Katerina Kasimatis & Vasilis Gialamas

    The aim of this study was to investigate the complex relationship between students’ mathematics confidence, confidence with technology, attitude to learning mathematics with technology, affective... More

    pp. 562-570

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  6. Development of computer-assisted virtual field trips to support multidisciplinary learning

    Astrid R. Jacobson, Roberta Militello & Philippe C. Baveye

    Multidisciplinary courses are being developed at a number of US colleges and universities to highlight the connections between the rise or fall of world civilizations and the sustainable or... More

    pp. 571-580

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  7. ICT-SUSTOUR and MARKETOUR: Two second language acquisition projects through a virtual learning environment

    M. Pilar Alberola Colomar & Eva Gil Guzmán

    We are presenting a methodological approach that aims to increase students’ motivation by asking them to develop tasks based on professional settings. In order to meet this objective a... More

    pp. 581-587

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  8. Exploring the impact of individualism and uncertainty avoidance in Web-based electronic learning: An empirical analysis in European higher education

    Manuel J. Sánchez-Franco, Francisco J. Martínez-López & Félix A. Martín-Velicia

    Our research specifically focuses on the effects of the national cultural background of educators on the acceptance and usage of ICT, particularly the Web as an extensive and expanding information ... More

    pp. 588-598

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  9. Impact of media richness and flow on e-learning technology acceptance

    Su-Houn Liu, Hsiu-Li Liao & Jean A. Pratt

    Advances in e-learning technologies parallels a general increase in sophistication by computer users. The use of just one theory or model, such as the technology acceptance model, is no longer... More

    pp. 599-607

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  10. Investigating university students’ adaptation to a digital learner course portfolio

    Olatz Lopez-Fernandez & Jose Luis Rodriguez-Illera

    Digital learner portfolios are of growing importance in higher education as the sector seeks new teaching–learning–assessment methods which promote students’ autonomy as managers of their own... More

    pp. 608-616

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  11. iTunes University and the classroom: Can podcasts replace Professors?

    Dani McKinney, Jennifer L. Dyck & Elise S. Luber

    iTunes University, a website with downloadable educational podcasts, can provide students the opportunity to obtain professors’ lectures when students are unable to attend class. To determine the... More

    pp. 617-623

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  12. Negotiation of meaning and co-construction of knowledge: An experimental analysis of asynchronous online instruction

    Darrell M. Hull & Terrill F. Saxon

    Variations in group co-construction of knowledge and the extent to which participants engaged in negotiating meaning were directly related to instruction. The authors examined social interaction... More

    pp. 624-639

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  13. Fast searching for information on the Internet to use in a learning context: The impact of domain knowledge

    Teena Willoughby, S. Alexandria Anderson, Eileen Wood, Julie Mueller & Craig Ross

    The purpose of the study was to examine the role of domain knowledge when retrieving and using information from the Internet as a resource for essay tasks, as well as to investigate the quality of ... More

    pp. 640-648

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  14. Do students benefit equally from interactive computer simulations regardless of prior knowledge levels?

    Seong Ik Park, Gyumin Lee & Meekyoung Kim

    The purposes of this study were to examine the effects of two types of interactive computer simulations and of prior knowledge levels on concept comprehension, cognitive load, and learning... More

    pp. 649-655

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  15. Collaborative learning as a collective competence when students use the potential of meaning in asynchronous dialogues

    Lisbeth Amhag & Anders Jakobsson

    The aim of this study is to examine and to describe how student teachers engaged in courses in web-based learning environments over a period of 40-weeks develop a collective competence to... More

    pp. 656-667

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  16. Developing Web literacy in collaborative inquiry activities

    Els Kuiper, Monique Volman & Jan Terwel

    Although many children are technically skilled in using the Web, their competences to use it in a critical and meaningful way are usually less well developed. In this article, we report on a... More

    pp. 668-680

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  17. The effects of conceptual change texts accompanied with animations on overcoming 11th grade students’ alternative conceptions of chemical bonding

    Haluk Ozmen, Hulya Demircioglu & Gokhan Demircioglu

    This paper aims to determine the effect of conceptual change texts accompanied with computer animations on 11th grade students’ understanding and alternative conceptions related to chemical bonding... More

    pp. 681-695

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  18. (Self-)Evaluation of computer competence: How gender matters

    Monika Sieverding & Sabine C. Koch

    Is the negative stereotype of women with regard to computer competence still exerting power in our society? In this study, 206 participants observed a target person (either a woman or a man) on a... More

    pp. 696-701

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  19. An experience of teaching for learning by observation: Remote-controlled experiments on electrical circuits

    Siu Cheung Kong, Yau Yuen Yeung & Xian Qiu Wu

    In order to facilitate senior primary school students in Hong Kong to engage in learning by observation of the phenomena related to electrical circuits, a design of a specific courseware system, of... More

    pp. 702-717

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