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Computers & Education

February 2015 Volume 81, Number 1

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Number of articles: 32

  1. Adolescents' computer performance: The role of self-concept and motivational aspects

    Gabriela Christoph, Frank Goldhammer, Johannes Zylka & Johannes Hartig, German Institute for International Educational Research (DIPF), Germany

    This study focuses on the correlational structure between adolescents' computer self-concept and different computer-related performance outcomes, following expectancy-value theory (e.g. Wigfield & ... More

    pp. 1-12

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  2. A contextual game-based learning approach to improving students' inquiry-based learning performance in social studies courses

    Gwo-Jen Hwang & Li-Yu Chiu, Graduate Institute of Digital Learning and Education, Taiwan; Chih-Hung Chen, Graduate Institute of Applied Science and Technology, Taiwan

    Inquiry-based learning, an effective instructional strategy, can be in the form of a problem or task for triggering student engagement. However, how to situate students in meaningful inquiry... More

    pp. 13-25

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  3. Role of self-efficacy and social appearance anxiety on gaming motivations of MMOFPS players

    Muhterem Dindar & Yavuz Akbulut

    This study investigated the gamer characteristics and motivations among the members of two massively multiplayer online first person shooting games (MMOFPS). Responses of 5380 gamers were obtained ... More

    pp. 26-34

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  4. Attuning a mobile simulation game for school children using a design-based research approach

    Birgit Schmitz, Roland Klemke, Jaap Walhout & Marcus Specht

    We report on a design-based research study that was conducted over nine months. It chronicles the development and implementation of HeartRun, a cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training approach... More

    pp. 35-48

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  5. The impact of authentic learning experiences with ICT on pre-service teachers' intentions to use ICT for teaching and learning

    Teemu Valtonen, Jari Kukkonen, Sini Kontkanen, Kari Sormunen, Patrick Dillon & Erkko Sointu

    This research focuses on how experiences of learning with ICT in pedagogically meaningful ways can affect pre-service teachers' intentions to use ICT for teaching and learning. The research is... More

    pp. 49-58

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  6. Implementing flexible hybrid instruction in an electrical engineering course: The best of three worlds?

    Wenliang He, School of Education, United States; Daniel Gajski, The Henry Samueli School of Engineering, United States; George Farkas & Mark Warschauer, School of Education, United States

    This study explored a modified version of hybrid instruction, referred to as the flexible hybrid format, in a lower division electrical engineering course offered at a large public university. The ... More

    pp. 59-68

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  7. Constrained interactivity for relating multiple representations in science: When virtual is better than real

    Trevor J. Barrett, Andrew T. Stull, Ted M. Hsu & Mary Hegarty

    Virtual models are increasingly used in science education, especially in spatially demanding domains. However, few studies have directly compared the effectiveness of virtual and concrete models,... More

    pp. 69-81

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  8. Learning variables, in-class laptop multitasking and academic performance: A path analysis

    Weiyu Zhang

    This study examines the relationships among learning variables, multitasking, and academic performance. Based on a survey with 176 college students, zero-order correlations were first tested... More

    pp. 82-88

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  9. Naturally occurring help-seeking exchanges on a homework help forum

    Minna Puustinen, INS HEA (EA 7287 Grhapes), France; Josie Bernicot, Université de Poitiers – CNRS, France; Olga Volckaert-Legrier, URI Octogone, ECCD (EA 4156), France; Michael Baker, CNRS (UMR 5141 LTCI) & Telecom ParisTech, France

    We analyzed naturally occurring help-seeking exchanges (n = 123) between 11th and 12th graders and mathematics teachers on a French homework help forum. The results showed that (1) most students... More

    pp. 89-101

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  10. A problem solving oriented intelligent tutoring system to improve students' acquisition of basic computer skills

    Dongqing Wang & Hou Han, College of Educational Information Technology, China; Zehui Zhan, Center of Educational Information Technology, China; Jun Xu, Quanbo Liu & Guangjie Ren, College of Educational Information Technology, China

    Personalization and intelligent tutor are two key factors in the research on learning environment. Intelligent tutoring system (ITS), which can imitate the human teachers' actions to implement one-... More

    pp. 102-112

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  11. Using a brain-computer interface (BCI) in reducing math anxiety: Evidence from South Africa

    Silas Formunyuy Verkijika & Lizette De Wet

    Prior studies have indicated that learning mathematics is highly associated with attitudes towards mathematics and emotions like math anxiety. Over the years, strong empirical evidence has emerged,... More

    pp. 113-122

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  12. What if pupils can assess their peers anonymously? A quasi-experimental study

    Ellen Vanderhoven, Annelies Raes, Hannelore Montrieux, Tijs Rotsaert & Tammy Schellens, Department of Educational Studies, Belgium

    Peer assessment has proven to be a promising assessment form, but there is only limited research about how to decrease the undesirable social effects that are inherent to the process, such as peer ... More

    pp. 123-132

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  13. Adolescents' informal computer usage and their expectations of ICT in teaching – Case study: Serbia

    Dragana Glušac, Vesna Makitan, Dijana Karuović, Dragica Radosav & Dušanka Milanov

    This paper presents research with the basic goal of establishing the structure of informal computer use among adolescents in the Republic of Serbia, and of verifying the existence of a... More

    pp. 133-142

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  14. How stress influences creativity in game-based situations: Analysis of stress hormones, negative emotions, and working memory

    Yu-chu Yeh, Institute of Teacher Education; Guey-Jen Lai, Research Center for Mind, Brain & Learning; Chun Fu Lin, Department of Engineering Science and Ocean Engineering; Chung-Wei Lin, Department of Education; Hua-Chun Sun, School of Psychology, United Kingdom

    This study aims to integrate neuroscientific techniques into a behavioral experimental design to investigate how stress stimuli may influence stress hormones and negative emotions, subsequently... More

    pp. 143-153

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  15. Computer instruction in handwriting, spelling, and composing for students with specific learning disabilities in grades 4–9

    Virginia W. Berninger, Learning Sciences and Human Development, United States; William Nagy, Education, United States; Steve Tanimoto & Rob Thompson, Department of Computer Science and Engineering, United States; Robert D. Abbott, Statistics and Measurement, United States

    Effectiveness of iPad computerized writing instruction was evaluated for 4th–9th graders (n = 35) with diagnosed specific learning disabilities (SLDs) affecting writing: dysgraphia (impaired... More

    pp. 154-168

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  16. The factors affecting acceptance and use of interactive whiteboard within the scope of FATIH project: A structural equation model based on the Unified Theory of acceptance and use of technology

    Ş. Betul Tosuntaş & Engin Karadağ, Eskisehir Osmangazi University, Turkey; Sevil Orhan, Usak University, Turkey

    Purpose of this research is to explain the factors affecting high school teachers' acceptance and use of interactive whiteboard within the scope of FATIH project according to the Unified theory of ... More

    pp. 169-178

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  17. Controlling the slides: Does clicking help adults learn?

    Kara Sage, Nikole Bonacorsi, Sarah Izzo & Abigail Quirk

    When utilizing screen media as an educational platform, maintaining control over one's experience may lead to more successful learning outcomes. In the current work, adults learned four new action ... More

    pp. 179-190

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  18. Community of Inquiry as an instructional approach: What effects of teaching, social and cognitive presences are there in blended synchronous learning and teaching?

    Elson Szeto

    Little research has been conducted to integrate teaching, social and cognitive presences as three instructional components of an instructional approach to contextualizing blended synchronous... More

    pp. 191-201

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  19. From deconstructive misalignment to constructive alignment: Exploring student uses of mobile technologies in university classrooms

    Shane Barry, Department of Tourism, Sport and Hotel Management, Australia; Karen Murphy, Behavioural Basis of Health, Australia; Steve Drew, Griffith Sciences Group and School of ICT, Australia

    Becoming increasingly ubiquitous for students are the various uses of information and communication technologies (ICTs) within their wireless and networked learning environments. Many students use ... More

    pp. 202-210

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  20. Technology tools to support learning design: Implications derived from an investigation of university teachers' design practices

    Sue Bennett, Shirley Agostinho & Lori Lockyer, School of Education, Australia

    The need to improve the quality of higher education has fostered an interest in technology tools to support effective design for teaching and learning. Over the past decade this interest has led to... More

    pp. 211-220

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