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Computers & Education

August 2012 Volume 59, Number 1

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Number of articles: 13

  1. Constant companions: Instant messaging conversations as sustainable supportive study structures amongst undergraduate peers

    Sue Timmis

    Universities are facing severe cuts in funding and a transformation of both the economic model underpinning higher education and the relationship between students, tutors and universities and the... More

    pp. 3-18

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  2. Facework on Facebook as a new literacy practice

    Julia Davies

    This paper focuses on 25 UK teenagers’ language and literacy practices on Facebook; it draws on data from interviews as well as from Facebook ‘walls’. To explore whether Facebook provides... More

    pp. 19-29

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  3. Preschool children’s learning with technology at home

    Lydia Plowman, Olivia Stevenson, Christine Stephen & Joanna McPake

    We produced case studies of fourteen families based on nine rounds of data collection during the period from June 2008 to October 2009. We focused on fourteen children who were three years old when... More

    pp. 30-37

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  4. Learning in the early years: Social interactions around picturebooks, puzzles and digital technologies

    Sarah Eagle

    This paper develops an approach to thinking about young children, digital technologies and learning, drawing on research literature that relates children’s learning to the use of books, and on... More

    pp. 38-49

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  5. Using digital technologies to redress inequities for English language learners in the English speaking mathematics classroom

    Barbara Freeman

    This study examined the question, ‘What is the impact of a digital math intervention on secondary ELL students’ mathematical capabilities and perceptions of their future possibilities?’ The... More

    pp. 50-62

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  6. The design of a system to support exploratory learning of algebraic generalisation

    Richard Noss, Alexandra Poulovassilis, Eirini Geraniou, Sergio Gutierrez-Santos, Celia Hoyles, Ken Kahn, George D. Magoulas & Manolis Mavrikis

    This paper charts the design and application of a system to support 11–14 year old students’ learning of algebraic generalisation, presenting students with the means to develop their understanding ... More

    pp. 63-81

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  7. Scaffolding information problem solving in web-based collaborative inquiry learning

    Annelies Raes, Tammy Schellens, Bram De Wever & Ellen Vanderhoven

    This study investigated the impact of different modes of scaffolding on students who are learning science through a web-based collaborative inquiry project in authentic classroom settings and... More

    pp. 82-94

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  8. A conversational intelligent tutoring system to automatically predict learning styles

    Annabel Latham, Keeley Crockett, David McLean & Bruce Edmonds

    This paper proposes a generic methodology and architecture for developing a novel conversational intelligent tutoring system (CITS) called Oscar that leads a tutoring conversation and dynamically... More

    pp. 95-109

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  9. Participatory practices: Lessons learnt from two initiatives using online digital technologies to build knowledge

    Marie Joubert & Jocelyn Wishart

    This study drew on data from two different initiatives in which groups of participants were asked to work together to build knowledge. In the first initiative school students were asked to discuss ... More

    pp. 110-119

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  10. Discussing teaching videocases online: Perspectives of preservice and inservice EFL teachers in Taiwan

    Mei-hui Liu

    This study investigated the application of an online videocase discussion community into fostering preservice and inservice EFL (English as a foreign language) teachers’ professional development in... More

    pp. 120-133

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  11. Preparing pre-service teachers to integrate technology in education: A synthesis of qualitative evidence

    Jo Tondeur, Johan van Braak, Guoyuan Sang, Joke Voogt, Petra Fisser & Anne Ottenbreit-Leftwich

    This study reviewed qualitative studies that focused on strategies to prepare pre-service teachers to integrate technology into their lessons. A meta-ethnography approach was utilized to locate,... More

    pp. 134-144

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  12. Invisible success: Problems with the grand technological innovation in higher education

    Andrew Whitworth

    This paper investigates a ‘grand’ educational technology innovation through theoretical lenses inspired by Cervero and Wilson’s (1994, 1998) work. Through taking this approach it is possible to... More

    pp. 145-155

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  13. Researching haptics in higher education: The complexity of developing haptics virtual learning systems and evaluating its impact on students’ learning

    Jonathan P. San Diego, Margaret J. Cox, Barry F. A. Quinn, Jonathan Tim Newton, Avijit Banerjee & Mark Woolford

    hapTEL, an interdisciplinary project funded by two UK research councils from 2007 to 2011, involves a large interdisciplinary team (with undergraduate and post-graduate student participants) which ... More

    pp. 156-166

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