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ERIC Number: ED443402
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2000-Apr
Pages: 8
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Students' Problem-Solving in a Complex Technology-Based Learning Environment.
Suomala, Jyrki; Alamaki, Ari; Alajaaski, Jarkko
The goals of this study were to investigate problem-solving in a context that requires a rich interaction among social, motivational, and cognitive processes and to compare the effects of the mediated and discovery models of learning on students' problem-solving processes in the complex technology-based learning environment. Subjects were 88 Finnish fifth-grade students. Two research groups underwent different instructional procedures: the mediated group received Logo-programming teaching according to the mediated model; and the discovery group was taught according to the discovery model. The essential difference between the groups was that the goal was set by the teacher in the mediated group, whereas in the discovery group, students set the goal. After the teaching period, students participated in the experimental phase, which consisted of an open authentic Logo problem-solving task. Students' problem-solving processes were videotaped and analyzed according to the following factors: (1) cognitive conflict solving, including attempt to resolve cognitive conflict, failure/success in resolving of cognitive conflicts, persistence, performance components, and monitoring solution processes; (2) cooperation with teacher, including cooperation with the teacher, cooperation with another child, assistance seeking, and selecting performance components; and (3) explicit planning, including rule determination, self-directed work, expressing pleasure, deciding on the nature of the problem, and combining performance components. (Contains 16 references.) (MES)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Finland