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ERIC Number: EJ726302
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 21
Abstractor: Author
Reference Count: 23
ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-1093-023X
Pupils' Choice of Computer Tools as Affected by the Learning Context
Kordaki, Maria
Journal of Interactive Learning Research, v15 n3 p235-255 2004
This study investigates the role of basic elements of a learning context namely: the given tasks, the nature of the provided tools, and the pupils' gender in their choice of tools provided by an open problem-solving computer environment. Pupils' choice of tools is discussed through the description of an experiment involving the interaction of (30) 14-year-old pupils with a variety of tools provided by such a computer environment: the C.AR.ME microworld (Kordaki & Potari, 1998). These tools were designed to support pupils' learning of basic geometrical concepts namely: the concept of conservation of area and its measurement. The analysis of the data shows that the diversity of tasks allowed pupils to use different tools, and that the nature of tasks that asked pupils to solve them 'in any possible way' challenged pupils to use all the provided tools in alternative ways. Moreover, the nature of certain tools encouraged pupils to select those most appropriate for their cognitive development thereby expressing the different kinds of knowledge they possessed. Finally, all the pupils tried to use more than two of the provided tools to perform each task, while most of them faced difficulties in using these tools in combination. Boys performed better than girls in using a combination of tools. (Contains 5 tables and 4 figures.)
Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education, P.O. Box 1545, Chesapeake, VA 23327-1545. Tel: 757-366-5606.
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Greece