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Computers & Education

August 2009 Volume 53, Number 1

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Number of articles: 19

  1. Exploration of an e-learning model to foster critical thinking on basic science concepts during work placements

    Bas A. de Leng, Diana H.J.M. Dolmans, Rijn Jöbsis, Arno M.M. Muijtjens & Cees P.M. van der Vleuten

    We designed an e-learning model to promote critical thinking about basic science topics in online communities of students during work placements in higher education. To determine the effectiveness ... More

    pp. 1-13

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  2. Development of a technology mentor survey instrument: Understanding student mentors’ benefits

    Sonmez Pamuk & Ann D. Thompson

    Agreement on the effectiveness of the technology mentoring approach in addressing educators’ needs for learning different technologies has been growing. Literature on the concept of mentoring in... More

    pp. 14-23

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  3. Information literacy skills: Teacher understandings and practice

    Elizabeth Probert

    This article reports on a project, involving three New Zealand schools, which investigated teachers’ understanding of information literacy and their associated classroom practices. Recently... More

    pp. 24-33

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  4. How indirect supportive digital help during and after solving physics problems can improve problem-solving abilities

    Henk J. Pol, Egbert G. Harskamp, Cor J.M. Suhre & Martin J. Goedhart

    This study investigates the effectiveness of computer-delivered hints in relation to problem-solving abilities in two alternative indirect instruction schemes. In one instruction scheme, hints are ... More

    pp. 34-50

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  5. Can the grammar of schooling be changed?

    Asunción Martínez Arbelaiz & José Miguel Correa Gorospe

    In this article we propose that the grammar of schooling [Tyack, D., & Tobin, W. (1994). The “grammar” of schooling: Why has it been so hard to change? More

    pp. 51-56

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  6. A moderate constructivist e-learning instructional model evaluated on computer specialists

    Fernando Alonso, Daniel Manrique & José M. Viñes

    This paper presents a novel instructional model for e-learning and an evaluation study to determine the effectiveness of this model for teaching Java language programming to information technology ... More

    pp. 57-65

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  7. Teachers’ attitudes toward web-based professional development, with relation to Internet self-efficacy and beliefs about web-based learning

    Chia-Pin Kao & Chin-Chung Tsai

    This study was conducted to explore the relationships between teachers’ Internet self-efficacy, beliefs about web-based learning and attitudes toward web-based professional development. The sample ... More

    pp. 66-73

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  8. Investigating the impact of video games on high school students’ engagement and learning about genetics

    Leonard A. Annetta, James Minogue, Shawn Y. Holmes & Meng-Tzu Cheng

    The popularity of video games has transcended entertainment crossing into the world of education. While the literature base on educational gaming is growing, there is still a lack of systematic... More

    pp. 74-85

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  9. Exploring the relationship between Internet ethics in university students and the big five model of personality

    Nor Shahriza Abdul Karim, Nurul Hidayah Ahmad Zamzuri & Yakinah Muhamad Nor

    The widespread use of the Internet and the convenient mechanism it provides, such as easy access, easy downloads, and easy copy and paste functions have made many types of unethical behaviors... More

    pp. 86-93

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  10. Qualitative findings of students’ perception on practice of self-regulated strategies in online community discussion

    Vighnarajah , Su Luan Wong & Kamariah Abu Bakar

    With rapid emergence to the birth of the knowledge era, an active and interactive learning environment is fundamental to any teaching and learning process. Over time, negative implications of... More

    pp. 94-103

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  11. Cousins Virtual Jane and Virtual Joe, extraordinary virtual helpers

    Seugnet Blignaut & Lynette Nagel

    Higher education institutions deliver web-based learning with varied success. The success rate of distributed online courses remains low. Factors such as ineffective course facilitation and... More

    pp. 104-111

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  12. The impact of an innovative instructional intervention on the acquisition of oral presentation skills in higher education

    Luc De Grez, Martin Valcke & Irene Roozen

    The present study focuses on the design and development of an instructional approach to develop oral presentation skills. The theoretical base builds on the social cognitive perspective, and self... More

    pp. 112-120

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  13. A study of the relationship between institutional policy, organisational culture and e-learning use in four South African universities

    Laura Czerniewicz & Cheryl Brown

    This article investigates the relationship between policy (conceptualised as goals, values and resources), organisational culture and e-learning use. Through both qualitative and quantitative... More

    pp. 121-131

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  14. Effects of an online problem based learning course on content knowledge acquisition and critical thinking skills

    Serkan Şendağ & H. Ferhan Odabaşı

    This study investigated how the online problem based learning (PBL) approach employed in an online learning environment influenced undergraduate students’ critical thinking skills (CTS) and content... More

    pp. 132-141

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  15. Comparison of intelligent systems in detecting a child’s mathematical gift

    Margita Pavlekovic, Marijana Zekic-Susac & Ivana Djurdjevic

    This paper compares the efficiency of two intelligent methods: expert systems and neural networks, in detecting children’s mathematical gift at the fourth grade of elementary school. The input... More

    pp. 142-154

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  16. Applying GIS to develop a web-based spatial-person-temporal history educational system

    Jia-Jiunn Lo, Chuen-Jung Chang, Hsiao-Han Tu & Shiou-Wen Yeh

    Developing interactive history learning materials to facilitate historical thinking is one of the challenges in history teaching and learning. This study developed a web-based history educational... More

    pp. 155-168

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  17. Virtual world teaching, experiential learning, and assessment: An interdisciplinary communication course in Second Life

    Leslie Jarmon, Tomoko Traphagan, Michael Mayrath & Avani Trivedi

    While many reports espouse the potential impact that 3-D virtual worlds are expected to have on teaching and learning in higher education in a few years, there are few empirical studies that inform... More

    pp. 169-182

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  18. One year of ICTP diploma courses on-line using the automated EyA recording system

    Enrique Canessa, Carlo Fonda & Marco Zennaro

    The 12-month pre-Ph.D. ICTP Diploma Courses in the fields of Condensed Matter Physics, High Energy Physics, Mathematics, Earth System Physics and Basics Physics have been recorded using the... More

    pp. 183-188

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  19. ‘Pretty Lights’ and Maths! Increasing student engagement and enhancing learning through the use of electronic voting systems

    Samuel O. King & Carol L. Robinson

    University classes in Mathematics are traditionally perceived to be uninspiring and devoid of active student–lecturer communication. Large undergraduate classes further compound the difficulty of... More

    pp. 189-199

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