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ERIC Number: EJ1001201
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
ISSN: ISSN-1449-5554
Differences in the Educational Software Evaluation Process for Experts and Novice Students
Tokmak, Hatice Sancar; Incikabi, Lutfi; Yelken, Tugba Yanpar
Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, v28 n8 p1283-1297 2012
This comparative case study investigated the educational software evaluation processes of both experts and novices in conjunction with a software evaluation checklist. Twenty novice elementary education students, divided into groups of five, and three experts participated. Each novice group and the three experts evaluated educational software selected by the novice groups in accordance with the checklist. Data were collected through focus group interviews, classroom observations and document analysis. Evaluation processes were analysed through thematic comparisons. The results showed that the expert-novice agreement rate was as low as 48%, with novice students tending to grade the software higher. While the experts used a systematic approach, including understanding and assessing each criterion, supporting the process with literature and evaluating the software as a whole, novice students lacked such methods, indicating a need for additional training and development. (Contains 2 tables and 2 figures.)
Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education. Ascilite Secretariat, P.O. Box 44, Figtree, NSW, Australia. Tel: +61-8-9367-1133; e-mail:; Web site:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A