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ERIC Number: ED427769
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1998
Pages: 10
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Insights into Singaporean Pre-Service Teachers' Mental Models of the Internet.
Mashhadi, Azam
The interpretation of information and the generation of knowledge is dependent on the existing metaphorical conceptual frameworks or mental models of the learner. Metaphorical mental models are both a method of representing and a way of organizing knowledge, and summarize an individual's beliefs about a system. Since the particular metaphors underlying an individual's understanding of the Internet serve to stimulate or limit the human imagination, it is essential to explore students' mental models in order to appropriately design the learning experience. Following a review of previous research eliciting metaphorical models or conceptions of the Internet, a structured questionnaire was developed and used to explore the metaphors employed by a sample of pre-service teachers in Singapore; this provided insights into their conceptual understanding of the nature and uses of the Internet. Findings indicate that the Internet is perceived more as a depository of information (passive) rather than as an interactive environment (active). The "Metaphors of Internet Questionnaire" is appended. (Author/AEF)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers; Tests/Questionnaires
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Singapore